Florida detective gets more than 9 years for credit card fraud, ID theft case
MIAMI — A former South Florida police detective has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for identity theft and credit card fraud.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that 39-year-old William Garcia was sentenced Wednesday. The former Sweetwater detective was convicted in April of conspiracy, use of a counterfeit access device and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft. Besides the prison term, Garcia must also pay $13,000 in restitution.
Trial evidence showed that Garcia had an improper relationship with a former confidential source who was a convicted felon. The source provided Garcia and a South Miami detective with counterfeit credit cards that were used in shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters and elsewhere.
Several meetings between the source and Garcia were video recorded by the FBI.
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