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Former Oregon airport manager given probation for thefts

According to officials he acquired a heater/air conditioner, lighting, tractors, a firetruck and other trucks.

Posted: May 23, 2019 6:46 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The former manager of an Oregon airport has been sentenced to four years of probation for stealing surplus federal property.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that 45-year-old Jeffery Robert Cotton was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene.

The sentence includes 300 hours of community service.

Officials said that while managing the Burns Municipal Airport between 2014 and 2016, Cotton obtained heavy equipment belonging to the city 258 miles east of Eugene.

Cotton pleaded guilty in April to two counts of theft from programs receiving federal funds.

According to authorities  Cotton signed fake bills of sale suggesting his nonprofit corporation, Emergency Equipment Solutions Inc., purchased titles to $1.3 million worth of property.

Officials said Cotton acquired a heater/air conditioner, lighting, tractors, a firetruck and other trucks.

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