Couple sends fake letter from Florida sheriff's office in an effort to keep job

Polk Co. letterhead

A couple from Polk County is on Sheriff Grady Judd's bad side, but he says they at least made him laugh in the process.

Martisha Wilson is accused of sending a letter to her boyfriend's employer in Plant City to explain why he was missing work. It says Marco Sullivan would be tied up for about six months working for the Polk County Sheriff Office ATF investigation unit.

Sullivan's been arrested, but Wilson is still on the run.

"Let me tell you something Marco," Judd said, looking at Sullivan's mug shot. "We're not using you to help us in an undercover operation, unless of course, you want to help us find your girlfriend."

The grammatical errors were a dead giveaway to the employer, like the sentence "do to the severity of the case, I'm not able to enclosed no farther information."

"You look at this and you go, 'Come on girl,'"  Judd said. "Everybody knows that you gotta spell correctly."

The sheriff says Marco Sullivan was really in jail and his girlfriend sent this hoping it'd help him keep his job.

"But here's a clue for you,” said Sheriff Judd.  “If you're going to dummy up a letter from the sheriff’s office, I highly recommend that you spell correctly, that you use a real deputy, so that you're not embarrassed when we come out to arrest you, because this has got to be some of the worst spelling and the worst sentence structure that I've ever seen."

Sullivan is already in jail and has a lengthy criminal history. But detectives need your help finding Martisha Wilson. They think she might be in the Orlando area.

The letter Sullivan and Wilson wrote reads verbatim:

“TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

MARCO SULLIVAN IS OUT DOING SPECIAL WORK DETAIL WHICH IS CONFIDENTIAL FOR POLK COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE ATF INVESTIGATION UNIT, HE WILL BE ON THE UNIT FOR 6 MONTHS OR LESS, DO TO THE SEVERITY OF THE CASE IM NOT ABLE TO ENCLOSED NO FARTHER INFORMATION FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE NOTIFY ME AT 863-855-4150.

SINCERELY,

MIKE SINGLETON

Authorities are holding Sullivan without bond for the out-of-county warrant.

Wilson also has an Orange County warrant for her arrest.

Sullivan's been charged with criminal use of personal identification. Wilson will face the same charge when she's caught.

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