Former Mountain View police officer pleads guilty in fraudulent overtime case

Leonard Portugal and Ricardo Hernandez
Provided by First Judicial District
Leonard Portugal and Ricardo Hernandez


A former Mountain View police officer has pleaded guilty to two felonies in a fraudulent overtime case.

Leonard Portugal, 47, entered a guilty plea Nov. 9, in Jefferson County District Court, to attempt to influence a public servant and embezzlement of public property, according to the district attorney’s office.

Portugal was indicted in April by a Jefferson County Grand Jury. Portugal submitted falsified documents and time sheets, 31 times, claiming overtime hours for which he did not work and received $24,935 in fraudulent pay, according to a news release.

A co-defendant in the case, Ricardo Hernandez, who was also a police officer at the time of the allegations, is scheduled for trial on Dec. 12.

Portugal is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 15 and faces a possible prison sentence of up to nine years.


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