A former Jefferson County deputy has been arrested for stealing prescription drugs from residents while claiming to be a detective following up on police reports.
The KFVS television network reports that Michael Filsinger of Arnold, near St. Louis, is charged with four counts of felony theft, one count of misdemeanor theft and one count of misuse of official information by an official. According to authorities, Filsinger, while employed as a deputy, improperly accessed reports regarding prescription drugs and then visited people named in those reports. In one case, a victim said Filsinger offered to pick up his prescribed hydrocodone from the pharmacy for him, but did not receive the drug from Filsinger until weeks later and noticed he had replaced with over-the-counter Tylenol. . Marshal Griffin, Missourinet.
In a statement on the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, Sheriff Dave Marshak said in part, “Most officers in our organization considered Mike a friend. I did. He was a promising young officer who had previously sacrificed himself for this community. However, we do not believe that the Filsinger we fired in December during this investigation was the same one who had served this community since 2008.”
“This is embarrassing to our organization, our county, our profession, and we assume Filsinger’s family and friends, who are likely shocked by these allegations,” Sheriff Marshak continued. “We cannot describe our disappointment and sadness. I felt sorry for the employees who stopped him, but they knew it was the right thing to do.
(Booking photo by Michael Filsinger courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)