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Former Altavista police chief pleads guilty to forgery

Kenneth Walsh
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BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS 10) - On Wednesday, former Altavista Police Chief Kenneth Walsh pleaded guilty to one count of forgery.

He also entered an Alford plea for 14 other counts. Those include 11 counts of forgery, one count of embezzling public funds and two counts of obtaining drugs by fraud.

Bedford Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance says Walsh was accused of using tax payers' funds to get informants to buy prescription pain killers. Informants say they were never supervised, even with a wire, during the drug buys and the drugs were often dropped off at the Walsh's house. The drugs were given over to the Walsh and not turned over as evidence. To cover up the operation, Walsh was faking destruction orders and pay receipts, which is why there are forgery charges.

Walsh's attorney says it was all a clerical error, according to Nance.

He was convicted on all 15 felonies and will be sentenced October 5.