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Family, friends of ex-school officer Jeffrey Stenroos pay over $309K in restitution

The L.A. School Police Dept. released a photo of Jeffrey Stenroos, the officer accused of fomenting a shooting hoax.

April 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles City Council received a restitution check worth just over $300,000 Tuesday from the friends and family of Jeffrey Stenroos, the former L.A. school police officer convicted of faking his own shooting at a high school last year.

Stenroos was ordered to pay $309,043.46 to recoup costs spent in the search for a false shooting suspect and for endangering the El Camino Real High School and Woodland Hills community.

On January 19, 2011, Stenroos said he was shot by a burglary suspect near the El Camino campus, prompting a school lockdown and a response from more than 550 law enforcement officers throughout Southern California. He later admitted the shooting was a hoax and he was charged with perjury, filing a false insurance claim, preparing a false police report and preparing false evidence.

Last week, a judge agreed to allow Stenroos to post bail in exchange for the restitution money.