Golden Beach Police Department Officers Charged with Official Misconduct, Fraud, Grand Theft

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Miami Regional Operations Center, Miami-Dade Police Department Public Corruption Investigations Bureau, and the Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit today arrested Yovany Diaz, 33, of Hialeah, Fla., and Omar Paez, 41, of Miami, Fla. Both men are sworn officers with the Golden Beach Police Department.

Diaz was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, one count of grand theft, and two counts of official misconduct. Paez was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud and one count of grand theft.

The investigation began in 2009 after FDLE and the Miami-Dade Police Department received allegations that officers worked off-duty overtime details while on-duty, altered city reimbursement invoices, and failed to compensate the City of Golden Beach for administrative costs relating to the number of off-duty hours that they worked. The total loss for the City of Golden Beach involving Diaz was $2,032 and the loss relating to Paez was $1,449.99.
Both men were booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail.  Bond was set at $10,000 for Paez and $20,000 for Diaz. The Office of State Attorney Kathy Fernandez-Rundle, will prosecute the case.
This investigation is continuing.
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Keith Kameg, or Kristi Gordon
Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001