Action News Jax investigates allegations that Nassau resource officer misused funds

By: Russell Colburn , Action News Jax

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A local school resource officer is off the job amid accusations that he misused funds.

Deputy Doc McDonald was with the Nassau County Sheriff's Office and had served as the resource officer at West Nassau High School for the last five years.

McDonald also worked as treasurer of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers, or FASRO.

FASRO said McDonald resigned unexpectedly two weeks ago.

NCSO Undersheriff George Lueders said upon hearing that, his agency wanted to know more.

“Once you brought this information to him (Thursday), he then said he wanted to retire from the NCSO,” Action News Jax Reporter russell Colburn said.

“That’s correct,” Lueders said.

“That has to raise a red flag, no?” Colburn asked.

“Well, it does,” Lueders said.

Lueders said McDonald allegedly used a credit card while serving as treasurer at FASRO, but no criminal wrongdoing has been found at this time.

Lueders did not provide specific answers to many of the questions Action News Jax asked.

“Any idea how long this was going on, or how much money we’re talking?” Colburn asked.

“No sir, not at this time,” Lueders said.

“Was he the only person that used this credit card?” Colburn asked.

“We don’t know that either,” Lueders said.

Action News Jax tried to track down McDonald to get his side of the story, but we haven't been able to reach him.

Lueders said McDonald has hired an attorney.

McDonald’s close friend, Kristie Crews, said there’s no way he would misuse funds.

“Unless he told me himself that he did it, I wouldn’t believe it,” Crews said.

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