PAWNEE COUNTY – Following an investigation by Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) agents, a former Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office detective was issued a criminal summons.
The investigation began in Dec. 2017 after Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King and Undersheriff Derek Slack requested the KBI investigate the detective’s conduct.
Jeffrey King, 43, of Larned, was recently issued a summons to appear in Pawnee County District Court on the felony charges: making a false information, misuse of public funds, and felony theft.
King is alleged to have committed the crimes between Jan. 2015 and Oct. 2017. He was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, and recently resigned from the Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 22.
At the request of Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett, Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees will serve as special prosecutor for the case.
Charges were filed in the District Court of Pawnee County on Friday, Feb. 23, against former Pawnee County Sheriff’s Detective Jeffrey Allen King. King is charged with three felony counts: Making a False Information, a level 8 nonperson felony; Misuse of Public Funds, a level 9 nonperson felony; and Felony Theft ($20,318.29), a level 9 nonperson felony. Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King, brother of Jeffrey Allen King, requested the KBI investigate this matter upon learning of the alleged misappropriation of Sheriff’s Office funds in Dec. 2017.