Former Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputy Should Be Sentenced to Death of Natural Causes | Crime and courts


The final autopsy report of former Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Harbaugh, who was found dead at his Fremont home the day before sentencing in federal court, determined that the cause of his death was heart disease.

According to a press release from the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office, the investigation found that Harbaugh had a history and a diagnosis of heart problems and was on medication for heart problems at the time of his death. A toxicology report showed no indication of intentional or accidental drug overdose. The investigation also found no evidence that Harbaugh caused his own death.

The autopsy report, released by Physicians Laboratory Services, Inc., indicated that the official cause of death was atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, the statement said.

Fremont police attended Harbaugh’s apartment after 3:30 p.m. for a welfare check on Thursday, July 8. Police found Harbaugh dead with no one else in the apartment.

Harbaugh pleaded guilty to a wire fraud scheme before Senior US District Judge Joseph F. Bataillion in February and was due to be sentenced in federal court the next day. The scheme defrauded six people and a federally insured bank of a combined loss of $ 10,979,214.

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In return for his plea, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska dropped 12 other charges against him.


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