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Policing Crime Stoppers

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BY ANDREW STRICKLER
The Daily

A host of financial issues at the nation’s largest Crime Stoppers programs is calling into question how wisely some are using funding received from their often cash-strapped communities.

Many are spending just a fraction of their revenue on rewards or costs related to call centers, according to information from federal tax filings. Others have seen rewards paid to tipsters plummet. And a handful who rely on employees rather than volunteers are paying salaries that sometimes dwarf total reward payouts.

Many of the groups are funded through court fines and fees, and public watchdogs wonder if the primary community crime-fighting program has strayed from its central philosophy — cash for information.

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FBI Accuses Miami Officer of Scamming Crime Stoppers Program

We always hope members of law enforcement can be innovative and industrious. But not in this way.

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BY JENNIFER LEBOVICH AND JAY WEAVER
Miami Herald
MIAMI — Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers doles out cash for tipsters who turn in criminals.

But one of their own — a Miami officer taking tips — used the inside information to rip off thousands of dollars in reward money, authorities said.

Officer Wayne Fortella, an 11-year Miami police veteran, was charged Wednesday with wire fraud and conspiracy in Miami federal court. Two of his friends, who allegedly collected the Crime Stoppers payments at Wachovia banks, were also charged. One is at large.

Cellphone calls and text messages between Fortella and each of the two other men — with details for picking up the rewards — helped authorities track the trio.

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