Former Adams County undersheriff pleads guilty to forgery, misconduct

A former Adams County undersheriff pleaded guilty to forgery and official misconduct in Denver District Court on Friday, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Thomas McLallen was one of three former executive leaders at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office charged in connection with a scheme to falsify records for state-mandated training they did not complete in 2021.

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McLallen pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. He must write an apology letter to the men and women of the sheriff’s office, according to a news release. He also will give up his state peace officer certification and will not be able to work as a law-enforcement officer.

McLallen, former Sheriff Richard Reigenborn and former Division Chief Michael Bethel were accused of conducting a scheme to falsify police records, including signing training rosters for classes they did not attend and submitting training certificates to Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Reigenborn and Bethel are facing felony charges of forgery, attempting to influence a public servant, conspiracy to commit forgery and conspiracy to attempt to influence a public servant.

Reigenborn and Bethel are set to appear in court on March 11 for a disposition hearing, according to court records.

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