UPDATED 11.7.2012 by Julie Montanaro
A former deputy accused of stealing money from a 91 year old man will stand trial early next year.
Former Leon County Sheriff's Office Sergeant David Graham was in court this morning.
His trial is now set for February 25, 2013.
UPDATED 4.9.2012 by Julie Montanaro
Court records show that David Graham turned himself in this weekend to face charges of insurance fraud and grand theft.
Court records show he was booked into the jail Saturday (April 7th) and released about 30 minutes later on more than $20,000 bond.
UPDATED 4.5.2012 by Julie Montanaro
A former Leon County deputy will be arrested again. It will be the third time in as many months.
David Graham is facing new charges of insurance fraud.
Graham is accused of filing a $20,000 insurance claim for a stolen tractor and more. Police found the tractor parked in his backyard.
Graham was arrested in February and again in March. He was accused of swindling money and valuables from a 91 year old man.
The new arrest warrants were issued by Tallahassee Police today.
Find the attached probable cause in PDF format above.
Tallahassee, FL -- April 5, 2012 --
The Tallahassee Police Department has confirmed with Eyewitness News that they have additional arrest warrants for former Leon County Sheriff Deputy David Graham.
We are awaiting more information.
Find the attached probable cause in PDF format above.
LCSO Deputy Arrested on Additional Theft Related Charges
LCSO Press Release
Tallahassee, FL -- March 30, 2012 --
On September 2, 2011, Bonita Moran filed a report with LCSO in reference to the theft of money from her residence. Moran reported that the money belonged to her father, Archie White. Graham, who
was employed by LCSO at the time, met White through this investigation. On September 13, 2011, White requested his case be closed, thus ending the need for any future contact between White, Moran and Graham.
On February 19, 2012, David Graham, 45, was arrested for Grand Theft of a Firearm and Grand Theft after it was confirmed that he had stolen an antique firearm and $9,000.00 from White. After his arrest,
Graham was terminated from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Since that time, the investigation has continued into Graham’s activities and interactions with White as well as Moran. On March 29, 2012,
additional warrants were obtained for Graham’s arrest. A warrant was also obtained for the arrest of Graham’s wife, Vickie Luggi-Graham, 53.
LCSO has confirmed that in addition to the firearm and $9,000.00 cash, at least $53,000.00 cash and several thousand dollars worth of gold and silver coins and jewelry were stolen from Moran and White.
In one incident, Graham drove White to his bank and advised him to withdraw $63,000.00 cash (all in $100 bills). White added $7,000.00 to this money, making the total $70,000.00. Graham assisted
White in splitting this money into two bank bags and then hiding it in a safe. White then spent the weekend with his daughter and returned home to find only $17,000.00 remaining in the safe. After this
point in time, Graham made several large purchases and paid with $100 dollar bills. He also deposited at least $8,000.00 into his own personal bank account. These deposits were also exclusively in $100
Graham also repeatedly drove Moran to her bank in order to inventory the contents of her safety deposit box. In each case, either the same day as the bank visits or the following day, Graham would
sell coins or jewelry to local second hand dealers. Detectives have also confirmed that on March 1, 2012, Vickie Luggi-Graham received payment from a second hand dealer for the consignment sale of
an antique bracelet that belonged to Moran. (Moran also had an appraisal for this bracelet.) Moran was able to provide a very detailed ledger containing specific descriptions of the coins and jewelry
which has been confirmed sold at the local second hand dealers.
Detectives also learned that Graham may have been involved in insurance fraud. On March 23, 2012, members of LCSO served a search warrant at Graham’s residence. During the service of this search warrant, detectives located a tractor and a four wheeler that Graham had previously reported stolen. Both the tractor and the four wheeler were purchased by Graham, reported stolen, paid for by the
insurance company and then recovered in his yard.
On March 29, 2012, Graham’s attorney was contacted and informed of the additional warrants. On March 30, 2012, Graham and Luggi-Graham turned themselves in at the Leon County Jail.
45 years old
Charges: Grand Theft (7 counts), Dealing in Stolen Property (7 counts), Defrauding a Pawn Broker (4 counts), Insurance Fraud and Making a False Report of a Crime
53 years old
Charge: Dealing in Stolen Property
LCSO Deputy Arrested for Stealing from 91-Year-Old Man
UPDATED 2.21.2012 by Julie Montanaro
FDLE is now reviewing financial records in the case of a deputy arrested for stealing money from a 91 year old man.
The Leon County Sheriff says the investigation of SGT David Graham continues and he estimates there may be as much as $50-60,000 missing.
Do you anticipate that David Graham will be facing more criminal charges?
"I'll have to wait to see what the investigation culminates with, but I'd say it's a fair chance," Sheriff Larry Campbell said in an interview Tuesday.
The sheriff claims Graham installed county-owned surveillance cameras in the man's house, accompanied the 91 year old to the bank and even advised him where to hide his money.
The sheriff says LCSO detectives then installed their own hidden cameras in that house and tried, but failed to catch Graham in the act.
"I gave him (the victim) a sum of money and we were going to get the man to tell him (Graham) 'I've got some more money and I'm gonna hide it. I want you to help me hide it," Campbell said.
Graham was the head of LCSO's financial crimes unit. He supervised an initial investigation into money that disappeared from the man's home.
We requested a copy of that initial complaint. It was filed by his daughter September 2nd. Most of the report has been blacked out, but the last supplemental report was filed by SGT Graham just three days before his arrest.
Graham has not responded to our request for a comment and there is not an attorney of record listed for him in the court's computer.
We also reached out to the 91 year old victim in this case, but have not heard back from him either.
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 21, 2012 - by Deneige Broom
"It's a bad situation. We have to arrest the bad guys all the time," said Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell during Monday's media conference.
Campbell had to arrest and fire one of his own.
David Graham was a 20 year veteran with the Leon County Sheriff's Office before he was fired Monday.
The former sergeant was arrested Sunday for two counts of grand theft.
The victim was 91-year-old Archie White.
"We think this was a crime of opportunity," said Campbell when asked if he believed there were other victims.
Campbell says Graham was part of the financial crimes unit that was investigating a crime against White in September of 2011.
The LCSO case was eventually closed but Campbell says Graham continued his relationship with the victim, acting like the investigation was still open.
Campbell says Graham took White to the bank on occasions and set up surveillance cameras in White's home, which is standard procedure in some of their investigations.
"Shocked and saddened," was all Campbell said when asked how he felt about the situation.
On February 15, White reported $9,000 dollars in cash were missing from his home.
White said Graham was the man who took the bank bag full of $100 bills from between the mattresses.
On February 19, Graham was brought in for questioning. It was there Campbell says Graham confessed to the crime.
"We've recovered $9,000 and an antique rifle but we do think we could find as much as $50,000-$60,000," said Campbell.
Graham was arrested Sunday and was suspended.
Campbell fired Graham from LCSO on Monday.
Graham was released from the Leon County jail just before 11 Monday morning on $10,000 bond.
David Graham worked for the sheriff's office since 1991. He's made headlines before for bringing Gary Michael Hilton from Georgia to face murder charges in the death of Cheryl Dunlap. He was also one of seven people to receive a medal of valor in 2010 for their work in a shootout.
The sheriff's office says the only other disciplinary problems Graham has had in his tenure happened on February 13.
He was suspended for 40 hours without pay because of a standard of conduct investigation within the department. LCSO says no other information can be released about that incident because they haven't closed the investigation.
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 20, 2012 -2:30 -
During this afternoon's press conference, Sheriff Larry Campbell said that Sergeant Graham was fired from the Leon County Sheriff's Office this morning. Graham was working with the Financial Crimes Unit when the alleged criminal act occurred. Campbell says the victim is a 91-year-old man whom Graham worked with during an investigation. Campbell says Graham befriended the man and acted like he was part of an active investigation after LCSO had already closed the case. During that time, Campbell says at least $9,000 were stolen, but he believes as much as $50,000 to $60,000 may be recovered.
UPDATED 11am by Julie Montanaro
LCSO is planning a 2pm press conference to discuss the arrest of SGT. David Graham.
Arrest papers say Graham is accused of stealing $9,000 in cash and an antique rifle from a home on Noble Drive.
Arrest papers say the homeowner told deputies the money was in a blue bank bag and tucked beneath the mattress in his master bedroom. It was all in one hundred dollar bills. Arrest papers say the homeowner suspected Graham in the theft, but at this time LCSO is not commenting on whether the men knew each other or how.
Arrest papers say Graham was called in to the sheriff’s office Sunday night and admitted to the allegations.
LCSO is not commenting on the arrest or Graham’s history with the department until its afternoon press conference.
Sheriff Larry Campbell will hold a media conference today at 2:00 p.m. in the Citizen’s Academy room at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. During the conference, Sheriff Campbell will provide a brief overview of a continuing criminal investigation.
Media partners are asked to arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. in order to allow time for set up.
WHAT: Media Conference
WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2012
At 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Leon County Sheriff’s Office
Citizen’s Academy Room
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 20, 2012 -
A Leon County Sheriff deputy has been arrested for Grand Theft and Grand Theft of a Firearm. Court records show Sergeant David Graham was arrested just before midnight Sunday, and spent the night in jail. Court records show Graham made his first appearance before a judge this morning and his bond is now set at $10,000.
Graham is perhaps best known for transporting accused killer Gary Michael Hilton from Georgia to Tallahassee to face charges in the murder of Crawfordville Sunday school teacher Cheryl Dunlap. Graham was also one of seven law enforcement officers to receive a Medal of Valor in 2010 for their handling of a Memorial Day shootout.