Miami-Dade Cops Who Abused Overtime Still Assigned To Public Corruption

Yesterday, we noted El Nuevo Herald's scoop about Miami-Dade Police public corruption detectives going HAM on their overtime hours while investigating a quartet of park employees who pocketed a few thousand bucks. According to El Nuevo Herald, the investigators clocked 934 hours of overtime, collecting $58,288 to nab four men who allegedly stole $3,000. Police Director J.D. Patterson informed reporters Enrique Flor and Jay Weaver that the overtime abuse prompted him to "redeploy the corruption section with the support of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez."

Well guess what? The three officers at the center of the overtime scandal are still working public corruption cases. D'oh!

See also: Miami-Dade Corruption Cops Collected $58,000 in Overtime Working a Petty Case

A commentator named Hernan noted in Banana Republican's post that "the biggest culprits involved in the overtime abuse, Sgt. Kelly Sullivan, Detective Eddy Torga and their supervisor, Lieutenant Maileen Prieto, are still assigned to the unit." We verified Hernan's claim by rereading Patterson's July 29 memo announcing the reassignment of public corruption detectives to other units. Indeed, Sullivan, Torga, and Prieto are working for the public corruption section of the Professional Compliance Bureau.

In a statement provided to Banana Republican, Deputy Director Juan Perez did not explain why the trio are still assigned to public corruption cases, just that the top brass will provide additional oversight when the investigators file for overtime. "We investigated the situation and rectified it," Perez said. "This will not happen again."


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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.