A former probation officer was arrested and accused of defrauding a probationer while he still worked for Polk County, sheriff’s deputies said.
Rishiram “Richie” Pahlad, 43, of Kissimmee was charged with felony fraud by Polk County detectives, with the assistance of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday.
Pahlad had resigned his position May 27 during an investigation regarding allegations of harassment of a probationer.
Upon his resignation, Pahlad’s supervisors conducted an audit of his misdemeanor probationers and learned Pahlad had taken $140 worth of money orders from a man who had been placed on probation for reckless driving.
Detectives learned the probationer provided Pahlad with two blank money orders during the course of his probation.
Pahald cashed one of the money orders, and the second was filled out to, and deposited into an account for, Thunder Inc. in Osceola County, a youth baseball organization owned by Pahald, detectives said.
A warrant was issued for Pahald’s arrest. He was located at his Osceola County home, placed under arrest and taken to the Osceola County Jail, detectives said.
The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are expected detectives said.