Hialeah Cop Pleads Guilty To Stealing IDs In Exchange For Goods
Raul Castellon, an officer with a troubled career in the Hialeah Police Department, has admitted to stealing dozens of IDs from a state database and giving them to an associate who bought goods at retail stores with the victims’ credit-card accounts.
In exchange for supplying Florida drivers’ IDs, the officer received gifts such as clothes, shoes, an Apple MacBook and an Apple iPad from the associate, Neilin Gonzalez Diaz, also of Hialeah.
Castellon, 38, pleaded guilty Thursday to the identity-theft offense and related charges before U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno. Gonzalez Diaz, 32, pleaded guilty to the same charges last week.
Both Castellon and Gonzalez Diaz face potentially stiff punishment at their sentencing hearing in July, including a mandatory minimum of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft in a retail scheme that lasted from June to October of 2016.
Federal prosecutors said that Castellon’s theft of about 40 Florida drivers’ personal information from the state database resulted in victims’ losses of between $40,000 and $95,000.
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