LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police confirmed to 8 News Now K9 Officer Sean Malia has been arrested for embezzlement and theft. Now, there are details to how some of that money was spent.
According to court documents, Malia faces 12 counts of felony theft and one count of felony embezzlement. A warrant for his arrest was issued on April 10.
Metro says the arrest came after a long-term investigation into allegations Malia misused funds from the nonprofit Friends For Las Vegas Police K9 Foundation. He was the organization’s treasurer. According to court documents, Malia made claims for reimbursement which he wasn’t entitled to and it wasn’t for money not spent on the charity. Malia, who had access to the charity’s credit card and check book, used some of the money for personal items, such as hotel rooms, food and car rentals.
Authorities clarified the nonprofit is not the same as Las Vegas Metro Police Department Foundation.
Malia is accused of stealing over $16,000 between 2017 and 2019.
He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and has since been released pending a court hearing.
According to his biography, Malia started with Metro in January 1998 and became a K9 officer in 2010. He is currently partnered with Rambo, a Belgian Malinois specializing in explosive detection.
He is on administrative leave without pay.