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FORMER BROWARD SHERIFF OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER CONVICTED FOR UNLAWFUL RECEIPT OF CREDIT CARDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Vance Luce, Acting Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, announce the conviction after trial of defendant Cherralyn Milton-Browner, 39 of Coral Springs, on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 16, 2011. At sentencing, Milton-Browner faces a possible statutory maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison.

According to the evidence at trial, Milton-Browner, a Deputy Detention Officer with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, developed a relationship with Onakia Griffin, a former inmate at the Paul Rein Detention facility. Griffin and others used the names and stolen personal identification information of mainly elderly victims to fraudulently apply for Chevron Visa credit cards. Milton-Browner joined the scheme by allowing Griffin to use her address on the fraudulently opened credit card accounts. The cards were then sent to the mailbox at Milton-Browner’s former townhouse. Milton-Browner retrieved the cards from his mailbox and provided them to Griffin. The scheme resulted in a loss of more than $100,000.

U.S. Attorney Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the agents of the United States Secret Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Keene.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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