State Attorney's worker stole $20K

Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 11:53 p.m.
An investigator with the State Attorney's Office misappropriated thousands of dollars from a bank account opened for a now-defunct drug task force, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.
On Dec. 5, Mark Albert Islar, 41, was interviewed by FDLE about the account and missing money and admitted taking it for his own personal gain, the agency reported Thursday. The same day as the interview, Islar committed suicide at his home, according to FDLE.
The amount of money involved totaled an estimated $20,085.61.
No one else was involved with the missing money, reported FDLE, which has concluded its investigation.
The State Attorney's Office learned about the account and the money in a November 2005 letter from the bank where the account was kept, investigators reported. The letter indicated an outstanding balance was due.
Islar was supposed to have closed the account two years earlier, according to FDLE. In April 2003, the investigator was told and given a letter, signed by State Attorney Bill Cervone, to close the account.
The account had been opened in August 1993 for the Special Investigations Unit, a multi-agency investigative drug unit that included the State Attorney's Office and several area law enforcement departments, including Baker, Bradford and Union counties. The program was dissolved about three years ago. The account was used for money obtained by the unit from seizures, probation and parole costs from those arrested and restitution paid to Clerk of the Court offices.
Investigators reported that $16,414.87 was taken by Islar from the account and another $3,670.74 was owed to a business on his behalf.

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