Broward County

BSO lieutenant charged with grand theft for moonlighting while on duty

A Broward Sheriff’s Office lieutenant was booked into the county jail Friday on charges that he allegedly defrauded the agency out of less than $20,000 by collecting his BSO salary while working private security details and generally slacking off.

Lt. Eric Wright, a night-shift commander with BSO’s detail in Weston, was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, and 14 counts of grand theft. Each count is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Wright could not immediately be reached for comment. He is suspended without pay, sheriff’s officials said. A 25-year veteran of BSO, Wright turned himself in at Broward County Jail Friday afternoon.

According to the arrest warrant, the charges are based on the statements of a BSO sergeant who told prosecutors that on multiple occasions from August 2010 through May 2011, Wright worked security details at Deerfield Beach High School and a Houston’s restaurant in Pompano Beach when he was supposed to be supervising the night shift in Weston.

Wright was BSO’s scheduled supervisor-on-duty in Weston four nights a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. But even when he wasn’t collecting a BSO paycheck while working private security details, Wright was a less-than-exemplary employee, according to the arrest warrant.

On several occasions, Wright also arrived late for work or left early without a legitimate excuse, and without filing the necessary leave requests to compensate for the time spent not working.