Faked Deployment

Former sheriff's deputy admits faking going off to war

A former Hamilton County sheriff's deputy admits he took 21-thousand dollars of supplemental pay by pretending to be at war.

Former corrections officer Brian Baer told supervisors in February 2003 that he had been called to duty with the Army Reserve. He was released from duty for medical reasons after two months but kept getting supplemental pay from the county until December 2004.

The county paid Baer the difference between his Army Reserve pay and what he was making at his county job. Baer has pleaded guilty to one count of theft in office and repaid about half the money. His lawyer says he regrets bilking the county and hopes to pay back the rest of the money soon.