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Hernando sheriff's captain under investigation resigns

BROOKSVILLE — Capt. Tom Garcia, an 18-year veteran with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and supervisor of the department's vice and major case units, resigned Friday in the wake of an internal affairs investigation, the Sheriff's Office said.

According to a Sheriff's Office news release, Garcia's resignation came during the final stages of the investigation, which focused on suspicions that he used his own money on at least one occasion to reconcile $2,784 taken by a fellow deputy from a fund used by the vice and narcotics unit for drug buys and expenses.

That deputy, Sgt. Joseph Reid, was fired in December after being charged with one count of grand theft.

Garcia, who previously worked as a patrol and community policing deputy, a vice and narcotics sergeant, and a lieutenant in District 2, which covers Spring Hill, was promoted to the rank of captain in November by Sheriff Al Nienhuis. Garcia's wife, Teresa, is a crime analysis manager for the agency. Garcia had been on been on paid leave since December while the investigation was under way.

Hernando sheriff's captain under investigation resigns 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:39pm]
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