- The Washington Times - Monday, June 11, 2018

Biscayne Park, Florida’s former police chief and two former officers were charged by federal prosecutors Monday with framing a 16-year-old for four unsolved burglaries in a bizarre scheme to keep perfect the town’s record for catching criminals.

Raimundo Artesiano, the former police chief, and ex-officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were indicted on a host of civil rights charges. If convicted, the three could each face up to 11 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Mr. Artesiano and the two officers conspired to frame a juvenile only identified by the initials T.D. for four burglaries. There was “no evidence and lawful basis” to support the charges, according to the indictment.

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The three police officials framed the youth in order to keep the department’s burglary clearance rate perfect, prosecutors said. Mr. Artesiano even bragged at a local city council meeting that his department had solved all of the burglaries they investigated.

The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the case.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the officers were charged with framing the teen for four murders.

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