Former Dodge County deputy found dead day before federal sentencing

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(Fremont, NE) -- A former Dodge County Sheriff's Deputy is found dead the day before sentencing in a federal fraud case.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Sara Sopinski says Craig Harbaugh was found dead in his northwest Fremont apartment Thursday afternoon. Harbaugh was set to be sentenced in a wire and bank fraud case on Friday. “There is no indication of suicide or foul play,” Sopinski said in a release.

Back in February, Harbaugh pled guilty to stealing nearly $11 million in a Ponzi scheme. The FBI previously said that Harbaugh stole $6 million from individual victims and $5 million from a federally insured bank. He was indicted in October 2019 and resigned from the sheriff’s office the following month, though officials said he had been on administrative leave for several weeks prior. He was facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and three years of supervised visits following any length of incarceration.

The Fremont Police Department is investigating the death and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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