After graduating from the Miami Police Academy, recruit is busted for identity theft

A Miami police recruit about to join the ranks of the department’s patrol officers was instead arrested on Thursday.

He faces federal charges of identity theft and wire fraud.

Yurien Martinez Gallardo, 34, had just graduated from the six-month training program at the Miami Police Academy, but had yet to hit the streets with a field training officer, according to the department.

“He hadn’t even been sworn in yet,” said Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss.

The U.S. Secret Service, which investigates identity theft, arrested Martinez. He was charged along with 19 other defendants, most of whom had worked in the wireless communications industry.

A conspiracy indictment accuses them of stealing the personal information of customers, including Social Security numbers, to buy cellular phones at discounted prices and resell them for a profit.

Miami Herald reporter Jay Weaver contributed to this story.

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