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Deputy pleads guilty to fraud, resigns

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brett J. Peterson pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding a federal program that provides discounted mortgages to law enforcement officers.

Peterson, 41, who’s a 14-year veteran of the department, declined comment other than to say he resigned from the Sheriff’s Office this week.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Smoot also declined comment after the hearing, which did not appear on any court docket and remained sealed from public notice until Peterson appeared in court.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

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