2 Putnam corrections officers charged in fraud scheme

Two Putnam County corrections officers found themselves behind bars Thursday night after being charged in an insurance fraud scheme, a Sheriff’s Office news release said this morning.

Anthony Harris, 36, is charged with insurance fraud and obstruction of justice. He was booked into the jail on $1,500 bail. Timothy David Chisholm, 30, is charged with obstruction of justice. He was sent to jail on $500 bail.

The Sheriff’s Office said Chisholm reported finding that a Dodge truck belonging to Harris was missing from in front of Harris’ San Mateo home Jan. 24. The vehicle was reported stolen and found destroyed by fire in Marion County on Jan. 29.

Detectives found inconsistencies in stories told by the men. The investigation also found that Harris was behind on his truck payments and that the truck was destroyed by arson.

Harris and Chisholm “were actively involved in the intentional setting fire to Harris’ truck so Harris could fraudulently collect insurance payment,” the news release said.

Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy called having to arrest the two men a “sad day.”

“It’s very disheartening when two people you have entrusted with such responsibility are accused of such serious crimes,” Hardy said.

Both men have beenfired from the Sheriff’s Office, where they’d worked since 2005.

Harris’ wife Pamela Harris, a records supervisor with the department for 20 years, was fired Friday. She had not been arrested as of Friday evening, but police want the State Attorney’s Office to charge her with obstruction of justice and as an accessory to insurance fraud.

source:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/crime/2010-02-05/story/2_putnam_corrections_officers_charged_in_fraud_scheme?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JacksonvillecomNews+%28Jacksonville+Local+News+%E2%80%93+Jacksonville.com+and+The+Florida+Times-Union%29

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