Collier deputy, wife accused of illegally obtaining pills

Caroline Keogh

Caroline Keogh

Editor's note: The original posted story incorrectly listed Cpl. Jason Slapp's salary. The story has been corrected below.

A Collier County Sheriff’s Office corporal and his wife were arrested Tuesday on charges related to illegally obtaining prescriptions for pain and sleep pills, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported.

Agents arrested Cpl. Jason Slapp, 29, a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, and his wife Caroline Keogh, 44, after an eight-month investigation. Officials said Keogh fraudulently called in prescriptions and refills for herself and Slapp while working at Advanced Medical Center in Naples.

Slapp faces four counts related to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, while Keogh faces 25 counts. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said Slapp, whose annual salary is $50,292, was placed on unpaid administrative leave Tuesday pending the outcome on an internal investigation. His responsibilities included general care and control of jail inmates.

Agents started investigating Keogh and Slapp after receiving a tip from the Sheriff’s Office in January, alleging the couple was illegally obtaining controlled substances from Collier and Lee county pharmacies. The investigation found Keogh obtained Xanax, Vicodin and Ambien, officials said.

When asked whether Slapp brought any pills into the jail, Batten said “that’s not an allegation that has surfaced during our investigation.”

Under Florida Statute 119, the Sheriff’s Office is prohibited from releasing booking photos of its current or former members.

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