Undersheriff Announces Arrest Of JSO Corrections Officer For Insurance Fraud

Dec 14, 2018

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Corrections officer has been arrested for insurance fraud.

Ronnie Smith is charged with a third-degree felony for an alleged scheme he hatched with two others in April.

Police said he reported his Cadillac stolen from the Orange Park Mall in order to collect insurance money.

Undersheriff Pat Ivey said Friday the scheme began to unravel after the car was spotted in July in Clay County.

“I’m hearing he was a good employee. Remember this is something he did in his personal life, but remember we’re held accountable in that. This don’t make me sad. This is he did wrong, he’s held accountable and we continue to move on in the mission that we have. I’m not sad over this one at all.”

Ivey said Smith resigned after the arrest.

The other two people involved in the alleged insurance fraud are still under investigation.

Smith is the eighth JSO employee to be arrested this year, compared with 10 in all of last year.

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