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Villager making accusations against Rec employee has long history of run-ins with law

An oft-arrested Villager has been making accusations about a Villages Recreation Department employee.

Morris Hirsch Wolff, 81, who lives in the Village of Mallory Square, was arrested earlier this month on a charge of practicing law without a license. He is currently free on bond.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies went on Sept. 13 to his home on Mullins Path to arrest him on the felony fraud charge. Deputies rang the doorbell, but Wolff refused to open the door. When deputies attempted to enter the home through an unlocked door, Wolff pushed it closed. After they successfully entered the home, Wolff would “tense up” to prevent them from putting him in handcuffs.

“Mr. Wolff has a history of violence towards law enforcement officers,” a deputy wrote in an arrest affidavit.

Morris Wolff, far left, in a booking mugshot from earlier this month and two arrests in 2017.

Wolff, who also has a reputation as being litigious, is now making accusations of discrimination at the tennis courts at Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center. Wolff claims a Recreation Department employee has cursed at him and made rude comments. Wolff has been sending lengthy email messages to a large distribution list in The Villages detailing the alleged “abuse.” Villages-News.com has opted not to identify the Recreation Department employee targeted by Wolff.

Wolff was arrested twice in 2017 at the Tierra Del Sol tennis courts.

On Feb. 1, 2017, Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called to the tennis courts after Wolff threw a cup of water at another person during an argument. It was witnessed by a third party. When deputies arrived on the scene, Wolff would not cooperate with them.

“During the investigation, (Wolff) complained of wrist pain due to the hand cuffs. Upon further inspection it appeared the left handcuff was not overly secured, however, his wrist was in an awkward position. I advised (Wolff) that I would loosen the handcuff so he would be able to adjust his wrist in a more comfortable position. I advised the defendant not to pull away from me or resist me in any sort of manner. As I unlocked the handcuff and loosened it up, the defendant jerked his left hand forward, pulling away from me,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

Wolff was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest and he was banned from the Tierra Del Sol Court.

While free on bond, Wolff returned Feb. 24, 2017 to the Tierra Del Sol courts in defiance of a trespass order. When deputies arrived on the scene, he demanded an attorney. He was arrested on a charge of trespassing.

Wolff was allowed to enter into a pre-trial diversion program, but apparently became such a problem he was booted from the program due to his “behavior,” according to a letter on file in Sumter County Court. The apparently frustrated prosecutor washed his hands of Wolff by offering him the chance to pay a one-time fine of $450 and dropping the case.

Wolff has also been convicted of family abuse in 1999 in Hawaii and disorderly conduct in 1991 in Georgia.


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