JSO arrests 20-year veteran accused of lying about working off-duty job for monetary gains

A 20-year veteran with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was arrested Monday.

Police said Steven L. Brown lied about working off-duty security at a local business for monetary gains.

“He was being compensated by a company and claiming that he was working hours in which he was not,” Undersheriff Pat Ivey said.

JSO said the business, Fanatics, filed the complaint after noticing Brown hadn’t shown up.

Brown was charged with one count of falsifying an official document, which is a third-degree felony, and one count of first-degree misdemeanor petit theft.

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On one instance alone, JSO said Brown made $120 for hours he never worked, but that number could be higher.

Ivey said as the case moves forward, the petit theft could be upgraded to a felony.

“There is several other days as part of this investigation, but at this point he’s only being charged with one singular day,” Ivey said.

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As for the official misconduct charge, Ivey said that stems from Officer Brown allegedly manipulating their database to give the appearance he was actually working security at this business and not in violation.

Brown's arrest marks the 7th JSO employee arrested in 2018. Ten employees were arrested in all of 2017.