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BROWARD SHERIFF OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER SENTENCED FOR UNLAWFUL RECEIPT OF CREDIT CARDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 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, Miami Field Office, announce the sentencing of defendant Cherralyn Milton-Browner, 39 of Coral Springs. U.S. District Court Judge James I. Cohn, Jr. sentenced Milton-Browner to 36 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $108,733.11.

According to the evidence presented 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. Milton-Browner and Griffin conspired to unlawfully receive fraudulently obtained credit cards at Milton-Browner’s former address in Sunrise, Florida. 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 the mailbox and provided them to Griffin. Griffin, who was unemployed, paid Milton-Browner’s bills, bought her meals and gave her cash, all from the use of the fraudulently obtained credit cards. The loss amount is $108,733.11.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Secret Service for their hard work in this matter. The case was 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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