Raimundo Atesiano, a former head of the police, was charged with “conspiracy to violate civil rights under the color of law and the deprivation of the 16-year-old civil rights.”
A former head of the police in Florida and two other officers were charged Monday with the elaboration of a teenager with four burglaries, in order to strengthen the department’s arrest statistics, federal officials said.
Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano and former officers, Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez, were charged with “conspiracy to violate civil rights under the color of law and the deprivation of the 16-year-old civil rights.” They could face up to 11 years in prison, if convicted.
In 2013, when Atesiano was the head of the department had a 100 percent clearance of reported burglaries, but it was “fictional”, the Miami Herald reported.
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“The existence of this fictitious 100% clearance of reported burglaries was used by Atesiano to gain favor with the elected officials and concerned citizens,” an indictment stated.
Atesiano, 53, was accused of urging the police to arrest the 16-year-old, who was identified as T. D., in June 2013 “know” that there was no evidence and no legal basis to support such charges,” prosecutors said.
Dayoub and Fernandez took evidence of four burglaries that occurred in April and May 2013, which were not resolved, and false stories, insinuating that the teen committed the robbery, officials said. A month after the teenager was arrested, Atesiano said that the department had a 100 percent clearance of reported burglaries.
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The former chief gave himself up to federal authorities on Monday and his arraignment was scheduled for June 25. He was released on a $50,000 bond. Dayoub and Fernandez were scheduled to make their initial appearances in federal court later in the month.
Atesiano dismissal in 2014 and a month later, research was started to see if he used public funds to pay back a personal loan. Researchers from the exit of the probe after the discovery of “insufficient proof that the loan ever seen,” the Washington Post reported.