LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Jeremy Shaffer arranged to turn himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. His defense attorney, Wilbur Smith, said Shaffer has done nothing wrong.
Accordinng to the arrest affidavit, "Schafer asked detectives to give a further statement because he felt he was not completely honest. Shaffer informed (the detectives) that he wanted to come clean." Shaffer was interviewed by two Sheriff's Detectives. "Schafer asked detectives to give a further statement because he felt he was not completely honest. Shaffer informed (the detectives) that he wanted to come clean"
"Mr. Shaffer is innocent of these charges," said Smith.
Wilbur Smith told WINK News this all stems from a divorce case involving Mr. Shaffer's current wife, Beverly Ciano and her ex-husband, Paul Ciano.
"Mr. Ciano has brought a civil action to set aside the financial award in the family law case and that's set in early August. It's my opinion that these charges that the sheriff's department aided in bringing these charges in order to influence the outcome of that civil hearing," said Smith.
But Lee County Sheriff, Mike Scott, said Mr. Shaffer's conduct is not acceptable as a member of law enforcement.
"I know hes finished with us. We just don't operate that way. We don't tolerate it. We move very quickly in these regards. He'll be no different than the last. We'll put him to pasture as quickly as possible," said Sheriff Scott.
According to the arrest affidavit, Paul Ciano notified the Sheriff's Office on March 14, 2013. Shortly after, Shaffer was placed on unpaid leave. The affidavit goes on to say Ciano noticed money missing from his buiness, so he begun to review his bank statements. But Smith said the money in question is a small amount.
"There's four deposits. The money came from sale of goods that they sold when they sold their home," said Smith.
Shaffer is out on $6,500 bail. His arraigment has been set for Monday, July, 29th.