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OFFICIALS: DEPUTY SWIPED SEIZED CASH,

Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Online Edition
BYLINE: Barbara Hijek

Flagler County, FL

SWAPPED WITH PAPER TOWELS


Flagler County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Koenig, 40, was arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing thousands of dollars seized in criminal investigations and replacing the money with ...paper towels, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Officials said the investigation determined that Koenig, an evidence technician, had removed and replaced $4,847 in seized funds. The theft was discovered, officials said, when another technician retrieved an envelope from the evidence room and discovered the money was missing.

This evidence technician left plenty of evidence: Officials said DNA evidence found on the envelopes and the paper towels inside was used to link Koenig to the theft. Investigators also reported finding "unexplained deposits" into Koenig's personal accounts in 2009 and 2010.

According to a statement released later Wednesday, Koenig had been with the Sheriff's Office since 1998, and has been placed on administrative leave. He was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility. {ZONE} SB

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