Seminole sheriff's SWAT commander resigns amid internal investigation

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Eyewitness News has learned a Seminole County sheriff's SWAT commander abruptly resigned from his job amid an internal investigation.

Lt. Michael Weippert commanded the SWAT team and Special Operations Unit until August when officials said he submitted his resignation letter.

A Sheriff's Office spokesperson confirmed that Weippert was under investigation for alleged misconduct.

"It's typical of officers to resign when they face these kinds of investigations," said law enforcement expert Chuck Drago.

According to sources, the misconduct allegations involve falsifying time records for off-duty work not performed.

"If an officer has charges sustained against him that he committed theft, his credibility is destroyed. He can no longer testify in court," said Drago.

Drago said Weippert could also face criminal charges if the accusations are substantiated.

Weippert noted in his resignation letter that his law enforcement career spanned nearly 30 years and included various positions.

"It puts a blemish on the police community," said Drago.

Channel 9 was unable to locate information for Weippert to get his side of the story.