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TAMPA — A retired lawman and husband of a disgraced Tampa police detective admitted Thursday that he cashed a U.S. Treasury check his wife had stolen from an evidence room.
Thomas A. Hevel pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to a single charge of theft of government property related to the disappearance of the $4,550 check.
His plea agreement tied the theft to his wife, Jeanette Hevel, a former Tampa police sergeant who was convicted in 2013 of stealing several tax refund checks that were made payable to other people.
The check in question, which was payable to a person with the initials R.L., disappeared in October 2011. Thomas Hevel obtained it from his wife, then deposited it into a bank account, according to the plea agreement. He used the proceeds to pay his November 2011 rent.
The conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. No sentencing date has been set. Thomas Hevel retired from the Tampa Police Department a year before the theft.
His wife, a 27-year TPD veteran who was once named Officer of the Year, was fired in 2013 after the thefts were discovered. Authorities determined she stole more than $90,000, much of it from fraudulently obtained IRS tax refund checks that police had confiscated during identity theft investigations.
In 2015, a federal judge sentenced her to probation.
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