Deputy indicted in Fremont tactical gear store scheme

 Closed Tactical Gear Store allegedly opened with fake contracts.
Closed Tactical Gear Store allegedly opened with fake contracts. (WOWT)
Published: Oct. 23, 2019 at 12:47 PM CDT
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Hours after 6 On Your Side exposed a

, an arrest was made by FBI.

A federal indictment alleges Craig Harbaugh, a Dodge County Sheriff's Deputy and owner of Tactical Solutions Gear store in Fremont, used fake contracts to hide a nearly $11 million fraud.

The indictment alleges Harbaugh used false documents and photos to convince a half-dozen investors and Great Western Bank to make it look like he had contracts to sell his tactical gear and weapons.

Harbaugh allegedly showed the bank and the investors contracts with several law enforcement agencies — including a fake seven-figure contract with the Nebraska State Patrol — for tactical gear; as well as a fake $10 million Defense Department contract for night-vision sights.

One victim who invested $1.3 million dollars sent Harbaugh a mistyped but clear message stating: “Thanks for losing all our retirement money 1.3 million dollars you just kept taking our money.” (sic)

Harbaugh responded: “I swear your money is good I did not lose it. You will have it Monday.”

The indictment alleges the scam cost the investors and the bank a total of nearly $11 million.


hasn’t returned messages, but sources say Harbaugh has been on administrative for several weeks.

Sources also said FBI agents arrested Harbaugh at the Dodge County courthouse, where he was to appear at a

hearing with Great Western Bank.

Harbaugh is due in federal court Wednesday.