It was the kind of fraud and theft that can go undiscovered for awhile, but as in this case, it typically does not last forever. Former Glynn County police officer Robert Dean Depp pleaded guilty in Glynn County Superior Court to three counts related to crimes committed between November 2015 and March 2016, when Depp held a position as a supply officer within the department.
As The News reported in April 2016 after Depp’s arrest, the Glynn County Police Department revealed Depp, 51, used a county credit card for items like birdseed, diapers and a nail gun, making purchases at retailers like Home Depot and Walmart.
According to state prosecutors, an audit revealed Depp made thousands of dollars in purchases before his arrest. And that was on top of inflated overtime hours he claimed and for which he was paid, until suspicion arouse among his superiors.
As such, he was charged with and pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a financial transaction card, theft by deception and violation of oath by public official. He received a sentence of 15 years probation, with the first 180 days of that to be served in a probation detention facility, allowing Depp to continue his employment in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was also ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution to Bank of America and $14,000 back to the Glynn County government.
Also pleading Thursday was David John Scariano, 48, who admitted his guilt to Count No. 1, child molestation. He also had been charged with aggravated sexual battery, which was dropped as a condition to his plea.
After a night of drinking, shortly after midnight Scariano went into a room where his daughter and her 13-year-old friend were sleeping, when he began inappropriately touching the friend. The friend then nudged Scariano’s daughter awake, who yelled at him to leave. Both girls later told other family members about the incident, leading to his arrest.
Because the victim does not want to have to deal with Scariano in her life anymore, she and her family asked for a quick resolution to the case, agreeing to a sentence under the mandatory minimum of five years in state prison.
As a result, Scariano received a sentence of 20 years probation and a $1,500 fine.