By Associated Press - Sunday, January 22, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida sheriff’s deputy arrested last month in an identity theft case has been formally indicted by a federal grand jury.

Court documents show suspended Palm Beach County deputy Frantz Felisma is facing charges of aggravated identity theft, access device fraud and conspiracy to commit identity theft. He is being held without bail.

Authorities say the seven-year veteran used a law enforcement database to steal personal identification information of people and sold it to another man who has since pleaded guilty. The scheme allegedly focused on people who had expensive cars and used the stolen information to obtain credit cards.

Felisma is on administrative leave without pay from the sheriff’s office. His attorney Jason Kreiss said in an email Felisma pleaded not guilty and expects to clear his name.

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