Ex-Florida police officers sentenced to prison over scheme to frame black teen

Two former police officers in Florida were each sentenced to a year in federal prison for their roles in framing a black teenager for burglaries.

Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez, previously with the Biscayne Park Police Department, were sentenced in court on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald.


The two officers admitted to framing a 16-year-old in an effort to help their police chief claim a perfect rate of solved cases.

The pair received the maximum sentence even though federal prosecutors sought plea deals calling for house arrest. The officers pleaded guilty in August.

The charges stemmed from a months-long investigation into the practices of the police department.

Chief Raimundo Atesiano pleaded guilty last month to framing three men, all black, in unsolved cases. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

Atesiano's department cleared 29 out of 30 burglary cases in 2013 and 2014, but at least 11 of those cases were based on false arrests, investigators say.

Four officers in the 12-man force admitted to an outside investigator that they felt pressured to file inaccurate charges.