Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Second Brevard School Employee Charged With Fraud

Dale Gunther Mug Shot

TITUSVILLE, Florida -  A second Brevard County Public Schools employee has been charged for being involved in an employee theft ring, according to ABC affiliate WFTV Channel 9.

A two-month investigation into an organized theft ring operating inside the Brevard Public School Fleet Maintenance Facility by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Task Force, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Brevard County School Superintendent’s Office, led to the arrest of 54-year-old Dale Gunther of Titusville, Florida on Tuesday after a warrant was served at his residence. Gunther's arrest follows the arrest of 57-year-old Edward Strobush of Titusville two weeks ago who is also accused of participating in the theft ring.

Gunther, a Brevard Public School employee, is a Transportation Specialist responsible for tool purchases. In addition to his arrest, agents also executed a search warrant at his residence in Titusville where property belonging to BPS was recovered. The investigation determined that items purchased by Gunther totaled approximately $10,000.00.

Court records show that Gunther was released from the Brevard County Jail after posting a $30,000.00 bond.

The investigation commenced in December after Superintendent Desmond Blackburn's Office received information that employees were possibly committing thefts at the fleet maintenance facility. The information alleged that employees were taking tools, parts and equipment from the facility as well as ordering parts on the school’s accounts and were then used for their personally owned property. This information was forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office and assigned to the Economic Crimes Task Force who began investigating the specific crimes.

Anyone with information about this Investigation is asked to please call Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Task Force Agent Harry Bermudez at 321-633-8410, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), you can also visit, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.