MCSO employee charged with organized fraud

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By The Staff

On May 31, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corrections assistant was arrested and charged with organized fraud and grand theft from a person over 65.

Deputies arrested Sharon Wagoner, 54, of 6518 S.W. 62nd Ave. on the charges.

A woman called the sheriff’s office to report that her 89-year-old stepfather had been exploited for a large amount of money, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

The stepdaughter claimed he had $40,000 in his bank account in 2007 and now the current balance was $9,000, according to the report.

Wagoner, a neighbor, said she occasionally cooked, cleaned, and had purchased groceries and taken the victim out to eat with his money during the last 18 months. She also said she accepted cash gifts.

Detectives found checks made out to Wagoner for more than $10,000 during the investigation. Checks made out to “cash” were still unaccounted for in the investigation, the release said.

When asked about the money, the 89-year-old man became upset and had no recollection of the transactions taking place. Family members found a ledger of checks where the victim was keeping track of checks made out to Wagoner.

Wagoner denies any wrongdoing and has been put on unpaid suspension by the sheriff’s office until a staff review has been completed, according to a press release.

Wagoner denies any wrongdoing. She was terminated from the sheriff’s office Tuesday.

Man drives through

yard and then runs

While driving down S.W. 80th Street, a deputy noticed a gold Honda Accord pass another vehicle on a double yellow line, according to a sheriff’s report. The car then passed another vehicle along S.W. 60th Avenue.

The deputy activated his lights, but the driver kept going. The Honda turned left onto S.W. 42nd Avenue and drove through the front yard and into the backyard of his residence, according to a sheriff’s report. He then got out of the car and started to run, while the deputy chased him.

After jumping over several fences, he was caught.

Stuart Sean Spence, 29, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, driving while license is suspended or revoked and resisting without violence. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

Spence had yet to obtain a Florida driver’s license even though he has been living in the state since 2006, according to the report. A computer check revealed his New York license is suspended.

Driver weaving

and swerving on 484

On May 23, a sheriff’s deputy saw a silver 1998 Chevrolet traveling on Marion Oaks Pass straddling the double yellow line, according to a sheriff’s report. After the vehicle turned onto C.R. 484, it went over the yellow line, swerved and weaved.

When the driver was stopped on 484, she smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes, according to the sheriff’s report. She was asked to perform several field sobriety tests and was later arrested.

The vehicle was searched, which revealed four beer cans with three of them being empty. Inside the center console, a plastic cup with pink liquid was found, which smelled of alcohol.

Charlotte A. Stilwell, 64, of Citra, was charged with driving under the influence. She was taken to the Marion County Jail.

Motorcycle stolen

from garage

When a resident returned to his S.W. 115th Street Road home on May 21 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the garage door was opened and a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle was missing, according to a sheriff’s report.

The man’s roommate had left the home around 4 p.m., but was unsure whether the bike was still in the garage at that time. When he left, the roommate did not close the garage door, the report stated.