Published: Aug 30, 2013 11:03 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A veteran Florida state trooper has been dismissed after Palm Beach County prosecutors charged him with a $200,000 theft involving a side business he ran.
    
Florida Highway Patrol officials told The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/15nF0m1 ) that 50-year-old Robert Purser was fired Wednesday, the same day charges were filed. Court records show Purser is free on bail but do not list an attorney for him. Purser had been with FHP since 1990.
    
Prosecutors say Purser's side business provided off-duty troopers for a Hialeah construction company. The off-duty troopers would close roads while maintenance was being done on Florida East Coast Railroad tracks.
    
A court affidavit says Purser allegedly overbilled the Hialeah company, claimed hours worked when troopers weren't there and overstated the number of troopers at some sites.
    
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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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