- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - A former Miami-Dade County police detective has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for his role in a credit history fraud scheme.

The sentence was imposed Tuesday on Rafael Duran, who had served with the Miami-Dade Police Department from 1994 till March 2016. Duran was convicted by a jury in May of eight fraud charges.

Trial evidence shows Duran wrote police reports falsely claiming that customers of a credit repair company were victims of identity theft. The credit repair firm used those fake reports to improve the customers’ credit ratings, allowing them to obtain commercial lines of credit that later went into default.

Evidence also showed Duran falsified identity theft reports for himself to remove from his credit history a Naples condominium mortgage he stopped paying.

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