Alachua County Sheriff's deputy fired, accused of stealing $9,900 in cash
An Alachua County Sheriff's deputy assigned to the regional drug task force is accused of stealing $10,000 in cash that was part of an investigation.
Gainesville Police arrested and charged Anthony Simoneaux with grand theft Monday night. Authorities say Simoneaux took the money that was considered evidence in a separate investigation, hid it in his boot and then hid the boot and the money in a wooded area near 100 NE 35th Place. Police say they discovered the money during a search and arrested Simoneaux at the scene at 10:26 p.m.
Simoneaux's being held at the Alachua County Jail on $35,000 bond. He was initially placed on paid, administrative leave but Sheriff Sadie Darnell fired Simoneaux Tuesday afternoon. Simoneaux had been with the sheriff's office in 1998.
Darnell issued a statement Tuesday:
"The Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force personnel determined money was missing and quickly reported it to the Gainesville Police Department. The thoroughness of GPD's investigation clearly established the facts and enabled the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Office of Professional Standards inspectors to administratively sustain the criminal conduct violation which led to my decision to terminate him today."