These are not good times for Okaloosa County. Gov. Charlie Crist today suspended Sheriff Charlie W. Morris following Morris' arrest on federal charges of fraud and money laundering.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release, Morris allegedly created fictitious bonuses to sheriff's employees then directed the employees to return the bonus in the form of cash or chest "under the pretense that these returned funds were to be used for charitable purposes."
Morris, 59, was arrested in Las Vegas and is being returned to Florida.