Frisbie released from Georgia prison

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ATLANTA -- Former Putnam County Sheriff Mark T. Frisbie was released from the United States Penitentiary satellite camp in Atlanta, Ga. late this morning, prison officials confirmed.

Frisbie entered the camp on Feb. 2 after being convicted in November of federal program theft. Frisbie will now serve four months on home detention. After that, he will be on probation for two years.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Indiana State Police arrested Frisbie, 38, in August after an investigation, which was launched after allegations came to light that Frisbie had stolen funds from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department to provide training and accommodations for employees of his personal business, Frisbie Security Consulting LLC, and to pay for travel expenses for his stepdaughter and pay himself back for expenses the department had already reimbursed him for.

The thefts -- six separate instances -- took place between January 2006 and March 2008, and totaled just under $12,000.

Frisbie pled guilty to the charge a week after he resigned from the department, also in August.

Frisbie could have been sentenced to 10 years and prison and assessed a $250,000 fine.