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Fla. deputy charged with grand theft

4:02 PM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Broward Sheriff's Office lieutenant is in custody after authorities say he was moonlighting at other jobs while he was supposed to be on duty.

Fifty-year-old Eric Wright is a supervisor in Weston. Investigators say on 14 occasions Wright worked at a high school, restaurant or was absent without permission while supposedly on duty.

Wright surrendered Friday and was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud and 14 counts of grand theft.

Investigators caught on to the alleged scam after a routine audit revealed Wright was working shifts for other employers at the same time he was scheduled to be at his main job.

The Sun Sentinel reports the alleged scam cost taxpayers more than $10,000.

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