Two officers with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office have been arrested on charges of stealing money, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced at a news conference in Brooksville this morning.
The alleged thefts were unrelated incidents, Nienhuis said.
Deputy Michael Glatfelter, a 24-year veteran, is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in Fraternal Order of Police funds, including $1,100 from the Scott Bierwiler Memorial Fund, the sheriff’s office said.
An investigation revealed Glatfelter, who previously served as treasurer for a Fraternal Order of Police lodge, purchased chewing tobacco, contact lenses, vitamins, meals and groceries with lodge funds, and made unauthorized cash withdrawals, the sheriff’s office said.
In a separate investigation, Nienhuis said Sergeant Joseph Reid, a 12-year veteran, was found to have taken as much as $1,500 from the sheriff’s office Vice unit.
Reid was apparently “borrowing” money from funds issued to the Vice unit for use in investigations, officials said.
Captain Tom Garcia is accused of having knowledge of Reid’s activity and using his own money to pay back funds Reid had taken, officials said. Garcia was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of a formal investigation.
Both Reid and Glatfelter resigned from the sheriff’s office.
Glatfelter turned himself in at the Citrus County Jail. He was charged with one count of grand theft and one count of organized scheme to defraud and released on $4,000 bail.
Reid turned himself in at the Hernando County Detention Center. He was charged with one count of grand theft and released on $2,000 bail.