Thursday, January 23, 2014
January 23, 2014
CCSO Wraps Up Investigation of Former IT Director; Additional Charge Filed
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up this week its investigation into thefts committed by Michael Hamilton of Green Cove Springs. Hamilton is now facing a charge of Schemes to Defraud, a felony. This charge represents more than 80 confirmed cases against Hamilton, who abused his authority as Information Technology Director for the Clay County Clerk of Court to steal and pawn several dozen pieces of computer and/or electronic equipment. Hamilton was originally arrested on 12/20/13 on charges of Dealing in Stolen Property and Giving False Name to a Pawn Broker after the inventory control process at the Clerk of Courts office brought the missing items to the attention of supervisors. Hamilton, who was out of jail on a $45,000 bond, was located and arrested on this new charge (Schemes to Defraud) yesterday.
CCSO detectives have been working closely with Clerk of Court Tara Green and her staff to locate and identify as much of the stolen and/or pawned equipment as possible. They estimate that 60% of the items have been recovered. Detectives estimate about $15,000 in equipment is still missing, but efforts remain underway to recover it.
The IT Director position at the Clerk’s Office remains unfilled, but existing supervisors are covering those duties until a qualified replacement can be hired.