NEWS RELEASE 23-049 - SEPTEMBER 15, 2023
A former employee of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was taken into custody on Friday, September 15, following an investigation into Workers’ Compensation Fraud.
Neil Wilson had been placed on administrative leave since September 6 following an investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services into a suspected fraudulent workers’ compensation claim.
The claim, which spanned 13 months, resulted in a $30,522.03 loss (amount paid to date), with the total amount incurred listed at $64,033.26. Following the outcome of the investigation, the Department of Financial Services presented its case to the State Attorney’s Office. The State filed one count of Workers’ Compensation Fraud ($20,000 or more, but less than $100,000), a second-degree felony, and requested an order for Wilson’s arrest, which was granted.
Prior to his arrest, Wilson was employed with the sheriff’s office from January 1998 – September 2023, where he was assigned to the agency’s patrol bureau.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to a high standard of conduct and behavior. The actions demonstrated by Mr. Wilson do not reflect the vision of the agency or its values of integrity, respect, service, and fairness. As such, the sheriff’s office recognizes the importance of informing the public of our commitment to the community and to ensure we strictly adhere to those values.