Florida Keys deputy accused of falsifying time sheets

Deputy William Schlegelmilch faces felony charges

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
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Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy William Schlegelmilch is accused of falsifying his time sheets while assigned to Key Largo School.

KEY LARGO, Fla. - A Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy is accused of falsifying his time sheets to reflect that he was working when he was not.

Deputy William Schlegelmilch, 44, was arrested Wednesday as the result of an internal investigation.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said investigators determined that Schlegelmilch recorded more work time on his electronic time sheets than he actually worked. She said the deputy did so at least 22 times between March 2015 and April 2017.

"It is our job to protect and serve the people of this county by arresting those who break the law. That includes members of our own agency, when they choose to do so," Sheriff Rick Ramsay said. "It is, in particular, my responsibility to be a good steward of the funds our citizens pay for our service. I will not tolerate my own employees stealing from and defrauding the very people we are charged with protecting and serving."

Herrin said the fraudulent time recorded totaled $3,073.

The deputy faces two felony charges of grand theft and falsifying public documents. He is suspended without pay pending termination.

Schlegelmilch has been assigned to Key Largo School since he was hired in July 2008. Herrin said his annual salary at the time of his suspension was $57,889. He previously worked for the agency from 2002 to 2006.

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