A Miami-Dade police officer surrendered Wednesday to face allegations she took revenge on her estranged husband by falsely implicating him in a scam to sell counterfeit sneakers.
Saintamens Edwards, 35, is an eight-year veteran of the force who was assigned to do administrative work at the Intracoastal station in Northeast Miami-Dade. She is being charged with official misconduct, harassment and unlawful use of a communication device.
According to an arrest warrant filed in court, Edwards in July 2013 posed as an “Officer Diann Mich” and called a Miami Beach sneaker shoe store that employed her ex-husband, Clyde Edwards. She told his boss that he was “subject of a criminal investigation” that was “adversely affecting” the shoe store’s business.
Not long afterward, the boss received in his e-mail two scanned Miami-Dade police “offense-incident” reports. The e-mail urged the boss, Jose Raij, to not discuss the open criminal investigation.
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The reports alleged that Edwards sold fake shoes to customers, including one who bought a pair of Nike Air Jordans for $500, according to the warrant. Investigators believe Edwards was never involved in any illegal activity involving shoes.
Raij shared the reports with his son, a lawyer in New York, who noticed “important omissions” in the documents. The son tried to get into contact with the supposed detectives on the case but a records manager at the Intracoastal station could not find the reports in their archives.
Supervisors eventually assigned the case to an internal affairs detective, Heath Genovar, who confirmed the reports were wholly bogus. He also learned that at the time the e-mails were sent, Edwards — off duty and in workout clothes — was in the office. “I have to send something,” she allegedly told a coworker surprised to see her in the station.
A forensic analysis of her computer revealed copies of the bogus police reports, according to the warrant. Edwards could not be reached for comment.