Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Susan English Accused Of Grand Theft

Former Hendry County Jail Administrator Charged With Grand Theft

LABELLE, FL. -- Former Hendry Sheriff Deputy Major Susan Russe Sibbald English has been charged with grand theft and official misconduct. English worked at the Hendry county jail in LaBelle as administrator under former Hendry Sheriff Ronnie Lee.

English, 52 years of age, has been under investigation since at least March by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She is charged with allegedly cashing checks from the Hendry County Jail canteen and taking over $120,000 between March 2006 and October 2008.

Reportedly English wrote and cashed 107 checks from the jail account and the funds were used for her personal use according to the charges. The checks would have words such as ''cash drawer'' or ''petty cash drawer.''

Ronnie Lee promoted English from Captain to Major, giving her a salary of $65,940.

English turned herself in for booking at the Hendry county jail in LaBelle. She owns a home on 2.44 acres with her husband James Ray English at 4552 Russe Lane, east of the Fort Denaud Cemetery in western Hendry county.

Previous Sunday Morning News story on jail theft allegations


  1. Anonymous7:00 PM

    Where was Ronnie Lee? Where was his second in command Devon Land? Where was his Finance Manager Cheryl Hicks? Where was the audits that are supposed to happen during these terms? Where was the bank that the account was held in? I cannot imagine that this occurred all this time without anyone else knowing about it or should have knowing about it.

    I wonder now since she is caught, whether she will start spilling the beans on all the "other" activities that occurred during the Lee Administration term(s)and whom were involved.

    Makes one wonder since Lee and his attorney St Laurent were also implicated with the Alva Market's Dick Spence and Mike Scott.

    Sounds to me as if FDLE needs to dig and not with a shovel but with the biggest backhoe they can find.


    Let's see what English does know now and what she bargains with.

  2. Anonymous9:40 PM

    She will get probation just like every other embezzler in this town does ,I agree with you can't wait to see who else is she drags in

  3. Anonymous10:04 PM

    So who(s)on the drug traffickers' Pay-roll?

  4. Anonymous10:10 PM

    Don't you know theres no drugs in this place

  5. Anonymous2:37 AM

    Oh yes, that's right, I forgot.

  6. Anonymous5:49 AM

    This breaks my heart to hear this news. I knew and loved Susan for many years. I pray this is just a big misunderstanding. Susan was always a kind person. We all have to be careful not to get caught in the trap of " pride & greed"!!

    Good luck, Susan


  7. Anonymous11:08 AM

    Dick Spence the guy did the crime and the time let him get on with his life and Mike Scott I think is outstanding ,he needs to come here and clean up what the current sheriff won't starting with his own dept. and then go after the drug dealers .Heart breaker I don't know her I guess a jury will decide her future gee thats to bad greed controls so much

  8. Anonymous10:26 AM

    I more than agree that the FDLE needs to come in here and tear this town apart. There is so much crookedness in the sheriffs office. Ronnie Lee was the biggest one and I don't think Whidden has stood up to the men in his dept. and he needs to. He should have just cleaned house when he started, transferring his cousin to the indian reservation and then just making street cops detectives? I think it's time the residents in this town stand up in public without hiding behind screen names and let the state we do not want to take this anymore!!!

  9. Anonymous2:41 PM

    Susan is a wonderful free hearted giving person. Someone may have put her up to this but there is more to the story... that's for sure!!!! If she done this ....who put her up to it? Who is really behind it? She served thirty plus years and always looked so professional. This is such a shocker to me! I could never imagine her doing anything like this. No matter what I will always love her and respect her. Good luck Susan and spill the beans girl!

  10. Anonymous3:10 PM

    At some point whidden is going to no longer be able to claim problems he is having due to ronnie lee. granted ronnie was out of his league as well but after almost 8 months in office one would think whidden would have brass ones large enough to do what should be done. too many friends and too many promises.
    but thats what you get with 10 years only as a road cop i would imagine. if you dont know you just dont know.

    i am afraid he is going to be one term and kevin nelson is poised to take on the helm givin any circumstance that arises. politics are mean as hell. and poor whidden just trusts too many people when he should be very suspicisos. this whole thing smells of a republican take over in hendry again. its win win regardless of what happens or what whidden does or does not.


  11. Anonymous8:29 PM

    wheres her picture ,I think 120,000.00 is worth that ,Dont you?

  12. Anonymous4:48 PM

    Yeah, Where is her picture?

  13. Anonymous4:36 PM

    English said she took the money why would you feel sorry for a thief.Remember the Eighth Commandment"YOU SHALL NOT STEAL".

  14. Anonymous11:19 PM

    Remember, Susan English is also related to Ronnie Lee. I've always heard that she was fired from Fort Myers Sheriffs dept for DUI manslaughter. She worked for Lee during his 1st term, wonder what is missing from that era, and then the second term he rehired her---who knows what goes on at that sheriff's departmet---everything but law enforcement.

  15. Anonymous11:55 PM

    Susan is my family and my friend. IDK what happened nor do I need to, but I know that Susie has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. And for all of those on here trashing her and using God's word to smear her, your day will come or have YOU forgotten what JESUS said in Luke 6:37? "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven" Unless you are JESUS CHRIST, you have sinned and also done wrong, but the difference is you are hateful, judgemental, self-righteous, and unforgiving. You are also liars! Do you just pick what Bible verses you can use to hurt another with and then toss away the ones that apply to you? And... the last time I checked, this was still The USA and we are still innocent until proven guilty. WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU SUSIE! We will NEVER lose faith in you no matter what happens and we don't care what you did or did not do because we TRULY KNOW who you are.

  16. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Sounds like one of the family members you all do nothing but lie cheat and STEAL and try to use Gods name to justify what you say.