Local Boy Scout employee facing bribery charges
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- An employee of the Boy Scouts of America is facing bribery charges.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office says Mike Eble was taking cash brides from people doing court mandated community service at Camp Echokotee. It's part of the Boy Scouts of America. Eble was a park ranger and lived on the camp's property. He was with the organization 14 years. They have since let him go.
Police started tracking Eble last November. His now ex-girlfriend told police she saw Eble taking the brides. She said he would take the money and sign off on the form saying they completed community service hours. More than 50 people were serving community service at the camp during the investigation. Police say five admitted to take the bribes. Three say they took Eble to lunch. One other person says they did Eble a personal favor.
Police do think there are more people who took the bribes because Eble had free reign at the camp for so long. There is no word yet on whether people who took the bribe's will have to do their community service again.
The Boy Scouts released a statement saying his actions don't represent their principles. Eble is out on a $20,000 bond. The Financial Crime Section of the Clay County Sheriff's Office is taking up the investigation.
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