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Man arrested for impersonating Sarasota Sheriff to intimidate local contractors

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Posted at 10:01 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 10:01:24-05

A man was arrested after impersonating the Sarasota sheriff to intimidate local contractors.

Detectives were alerted in November of 2019 that the suspect, 51-year-old Todd Gieger, tried to intimidate a sub-contractor involved in a lien against the suspect's new home being built in Sarasota County, due to a lack of payment.

Gieger reportedly drove to the victim's home where he asked neighbors for information about the victim.

Authorities say Gieger wore a black bulletproof vest and law enforcement style badge while claiming to be "the sheriff."

At the time of the incident, Gieger was driving a white Maserati with New Jersey tags.

Detectives say he called multiple other sub-contractors involved in the lien as well as the construction company, while claiming to be a member of law enforcement.

“In today’s world, it is more crucial than ever for communities to know and trust their law enforcement,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Lucky for us, our residents are smart and in this incident, they knew something wasn’t right. Credit goes to both cognizant witnesses and great detectives for getting this guy off our streets and out of our community.”

He was taken into custody at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on two counts of False Impersonation of Law Enforcement. He was released on $3,000 bond.