MIAMI — A corrections officer has been accused of stealing money that inmates had paid as part of a pretrial release program.
James Allen Canty, 37, who worked for the Monitored Release Program, has been charged with one count of third-degree grand theft.Representatives of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office said an inmate’s mother complained that Canty himself had cashed a $190 money order that was supposed to pay for her son’s participation in the program. The woman said the program never received her money.
Authorities said an audit showed that Canty had cashed 19 other money orders worth between $50 and $330 apiece that were supposed to go to the program.According to the state attorney’s office, the inmates who submitted the money order payments to Canty were told to leave the “Payable To” line blank on the money orders, which allegedly he cashed later.Canty was arrested after an investigation by the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Unit.
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