Joseph Subic Jr., former chief of police of White Springs, currently of Falls Church, Va., pled guilty to four of nine counts of insurance fraud in Hamilton County Court on Monday, March 17. The State of Florida will not prosecute the other five charges, according to court records.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began investigating Subic in 2006, when an unidentified source in Hamilton County notified authorities that Subic had claimed his girlfriend as a dependent on his health insurance policy, according to FDLE Public Information Officer Phil Kiracofe.

During open enrollment for benefits for town employees in August 2006, Subic had his girlfriend added to his health insurance policy by claiming her as a dependent. However, by legal definition she did not qualify as a dependent, Kiracofe said.

In February 2007, FDLE investigators informed the town attorney, Todd Kennon, that Subic was being investigated on allegations of criminal conduct. The town council voted in a special meeting on Feb. 6, 2007, to suspend Subic without pay until further notice. On Feb. 13, 2007, Subic submitted a letter of retirement.

The FDLE issued two warrants for Subic’s arrest on Feb. 26, 2007, according Kiracofe. Subic surrendered himself to the Hamilton County Jail where he was booked on two counts of insurance fraud - false application and presenting false claim. Both charges are third-degree felonies. Subic was released that same day after posting a $7,500 bond.

Subic told the Jasper News at that time, “I do not feel guilty. I have been involved in law enforcement for 20 years and I have never intentionally done anything wrong, let alone committed a crime.”

Further investigation led to a total of nine charges - four for insurance fraud - false application, and five for insurance fraud - presenting false claim. The offenses occurred from Aug. 25, 2006, until Jan. 25, 2007, according to court records.

Subic will have to pay $400 in fines for the four counts of insurance fraud, restitution of $107 to Blue Cross Blue Shield, $513 for the cost of prosecution to the State Attorney’s Office, $1,000 for investigative costs to FDLE, and other court costs. He had to relinquish his certification as a law enforcement and/or probation officer and any other certifications issued by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission in the State of Florida, effective March 17, according to court records. He was sentenced to four years probation, with permission to travel to Washington, DC, for work purposes without a permit and to Florida with a permit.

Subic served in the United States Army for seven years. He was one of 66 war hostages kidnapped by militant Iranians in 1979 and was held captive for 444 days.

In 1997, Subic joined the Florida National Guard and was called to active duty in 2003. During his 18-month tour of duty, he served as the Personal Security Officer for the Deputy Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, and the Commanding General of Task Force 134. During his years of service, he received more than 20 military awards and decorations, including two Bronze Star Medals.

Subic was the chief of police of White Springs for six years. When he returned from his tour of duty in 2005, the town held a ceremony in his honor and recognized him for his service to the community and the country. Major General Karol Kennedy attended the ceremony and presented Subic with his second Bronze Star Medal.

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