It is a tale of two police officers, two cases of discipline, two different outcomes.
Miami Police Lt. Edmond Croughwell and former Miami officer Wilfredo Perez-Borroto are the only police officers known to have been seriously disciplined for abusing court overtime, a practice called "piggybacking" or "Collars for Dollars."
Their cases show the difficulties police have in dealing with a system that costs taxpayers millions and gives officers a free hand for abuse. The cases also reveal inconsistent standards that add confusion to attempts to address the problem.
"In all of these cases, something was done wrong, " Miami Police Chief Donald Warshaw said. "Perez-Borroto did something he shouldn't have done. Ed Croughwell did something he shouldn't have done."
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Croughwell and his officers reaped tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money. Warned to stop, he disobeyed and continued to collect overtime.
Croughwell was demoted; he recently got his rank restored.
Prosecutors couldn't prove Perez-Borroto stole a dollar he didn't earn. He was fired.