FDLE arrests Santa Rosa Detention Deputy for theft of intellectual property

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2018

Santa Rosa, Fla. – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested Russel Edmund Scott, 49, for theft of intellectual property. Scott is a Detention Deputy at Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office (SRCSO).

The Sheriff’s Office requested that FDLE investigate Scott for unauthorized possession of SMARTCOP proprietary files on his personal share drive located on the SRCSO computer network system.

SMARTCOP provides system development, implementation and support services for public safety products including Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management System (RMS), Mobile Computing with Field Based Reporting, and Jail Management System (JMS).

During the investigation, FDLE agents discovered Scott, a former SMARTCOP employee, was in possession of numerous files that were determined to be SMARTCOP proprietary information and Scott was not authorized to possess them.

Scott was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit.

For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Jessica Cary or Jeremy Burns
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001