A former Monroe County sheriff’s deputy is accused of using interstate wire communication to obtain surplus military equipment that he later either sold or gave away.

After an FBI investigation, Larry Dale Martin, 34, of Glasgow, was charged by felony information Tuesday with wire fraud in the Western District of Kentucky U.S. District Court. Martin is accused of obtaining money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and using interstate wire communication to carry out those activities, according to federal court records.

A date for his first court appearance and expected guilty plea has not been set, according to a release from Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser’s office.

Martin, while employed with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department between Dec. 31, 2011, and 2014, coordinated the department’s participation in the Department of Defense 1033 program, through which law enforcement agencies obtain surplus military equipment for legitimate purposes.

Agencies may sell or dispose of some of that equipment after one year, according to federal court records.

Martin is accused of engaging in interstate wire communications to order property and arrange for pickup of that property from the Department of Defense.

He is further accused of obtaining and selling or giving away for his personal benefit or the benefit of others an ice maker, a 2005 Trail-Lite dual-axle camper and a Kawasaki Mule ATV, according to federal court records.

Martin is a former Glasgow Police Department officer who worked for that department from Sept. 5, 2006, to March 16, 2011, when he was fired for violating departmental policy, according to information provided to the Daily News in April 2011 by then-GPD spokesman Kent Keen, who is now the Barren County sheriff.

After leaving Glasgow, Martin worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department before being hired by the Horse Cave Police Department, where he is currently employed, Horse Cave Police Chief Sean Henry said.

Henry said Martin has been placed in an administrative role and will remain on desk duty pending the outcome of the federal case.

“We will be following the investigation and talking to investigators to find out exactly where we are at,” Henry said. “Until then, he won’t be answering calls, he will just be doing desk duty. We’ve got enough officers to cover. It’s business as usual here.”

If convicted as charged, Martin could serve up to 20 years in prison, be fined $250,000 and serve a three-year period of supervised release, according to the release.

Martin was off duty Friday and could not be reached for comment.

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