Cop gets 2 months for defrauding Crime Stoppers

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 8:16 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 8:16 a.m.

MIAMI — A former Miami police detective has been sentenced to two months in prison for defrauding the city's Crime Stoppers program, in which people get cash rewards for providing tips.

A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Wayne Fortella on Tuesday. He will spend four months on house arrest after leaving prison. He had pleaded guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge in November.

Prosecutors say that while Fortella was assigned to the Crime Stoppers unit, he would identify cases where rewards had not been paid and provide key information to two civilian accomplices. They used the information to collect $14,660 from Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers.

Fortella says he's going to pay back all the money stolen from late 2007 to 2008.

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