GOBER quit, he was not fired.
GOBER quit after some $30,000 of PAL funds were missing or questioned, after the FBI was notified, after the United Way complained, and after Sheriff SHOAR decided to question his personal assistant's cousin, GOBER.
Sheriff SHOAR's personal assistant, LEE OWEN, paid $4000/month,
ran Sheriff SHOAR's campaign, said he would "trust my life" to his cousin, Sgt. GOBER."
It took place at the May 23, 2016 Republican Women's forum, where, Mr. LEE OWEN, the Sheriff's campaign manager, the person speaking in Sheriff SHOAR's place, did not know the "Mission Statement" of St. Johns County Sheriff's Department. Wonder why?
Dodgy LEE OWEN was a law student, former law clerk for Upchurch, Bailey & Upchurch and former law clerk to State's Attorney R.J. Larizza, identified as a "special assistant" to SHOAR (not reflected on SHOAR's campaign expenses.
Like a "designated hitter" in baseball, or a de facto dupe, the designated javelin catcher, playing RONALD LOUIS ZIEGLER to SHOAR's RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON, uninformed staff assistant LEE OWEN was seen talking nonsense and wearing a lapel badge at the St. Johns County Federated Republican Women forum SHOAR skipped.
Notice that when Police Athletic League monies are allegedly misspent on personal expenditures, the ineffable defenders of corrupt Sheriff SHOAR, local schnooks and the corrupt status quo, the feckless Republican owners of the incurious St. Augustine Record apparently printed only a press release, without identifying it as such?
The byline "By the Record" sans reporter name ordinarily denotes the Mullet Wrapper is printing a press release.
St. Johns County deputy removed from position
News FeedSt. Johns County sergeant accused of spending $1,300 of PAL funds for personal use
by: Amanda Winkle, Action News Jax Updated: Jan 26, 2017 - 8:14 AM
A St. Johns County deputy has been "separated" from his position after a criminal investigation revealed that he used more than $1,300 of Police Athletic League funds to purchase items for personal use.
A criminal investigation into Sgt. Robert Gober III began a few months ago when SJSO employees raised concerns about how PAL funds were being appropriated, according to a news release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
The St. Johns County PAL is a nonprofit organization that "is committed to providing safe and structured activities to the youth of St. Johns County," according to its website.
Gober was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which found that "Gober has purchased items for personal use in the amount of $1,302.89" with a PAL debit card, the release detailed. Some of those items included custom-made calendars, fantasy football league purchases, tickets to an NBA basketball game, bike repairs, a vehicle-repair bill and sunglasses.
The investigation also found, according to the release, that "numerous questionable charges ranging from hotel rooms for PAL trips, gift cards, and dinners where alcohol was served to a limited and select number of volunteers." Those were policy violations, not criminal ones, SJSO Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan said.
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He had also collected money from PAL concession-stand purchases and event registrations, according to the release, "without validating the amounts of money, before making documented and undocumented expenditures."
After the criminal investigation, an administrative investigation was conducted and it was found that Gober violated numerous policies.
Gober had been with the sheriff's office for nearly 25 years, according to the PAL Facebook page. Mulligan said Gober has been responsible for huge growth in the PAL program, but SJSO cannot overlook any missteps.
Sheriff David Shoar said he faces one count of organized scheme to defraud pending the review of the State Attorney's Office. He has not been arrested, and would only be if the State Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant.
Gober was notified by Sheriff Shoar about the charge, at which point he chose to resign, Mulligan said. Because he resigned while under investigation, Gober's file will be sent to the state to determine if he can work in law enforcement again.
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Shoar said in a statement in the release:
The Police Athletic League in St. Johns County has been one of the best programs the Sheriff’s Office has ever been involved with. It is a cost effective sports program for our youth and has been a positive influence for several decades, and even though it is an autonomous program apart from the Sheriff’s Office, we will continue to treat it as part of our family of community programs and will continue to support it and to devote sufficient resources to it.”