Sheriff’s deputy faces federal indictment

Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Strong was taken into federal custody today at his Miami home. He has been indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Government.

Strong was a “Deputy In Country Manager” in Baghdad with defense contractor Security Operations Consulting from January of 2005 to April of 2008 and is reportedly accused of conspiring to steal and sell government property.

“We are assisting federal investigators on this case,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We will be conducting our own investigation into the circumstances. In the mean time, we were present when he was arrested and we have recovered all Sheriff’s Office property assigned to him. We are still waiting for details and as we gather those details we will determine the future actions we may take in this case.”

“We hate the fact that one of our officers is involved in this case. Although this happened well before he worked for us, it still reflects badly on our agency and on law enforcement as a whole,” said Sheriff Ramsay. “We take great pride in our integrity, honesty and our reputation as a professional law enforcement agency. All the good people working for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office do not deserve to have their reputations tarnished by a few people who have done bad things.”

Captain Don Hiller, Commander of the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division was in Miami today standing by to assist as federal authorities arrested Strong and served a search warrant at his home. A large amount of property was seized from the home as the federal investigation continues.

Strong first came to the Sheriff’s Office in October of 2010 as an auxiliary deputy. He was hired as a deputy sheriff in April of 2011, assigned to the city of Marathon. He is currently assigned as a deputy in District Seven in the Upper Keys.

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