Miami-Dade County

Two Miami-Dade county employees accused of stealing money intended for the poor

Two Miami-Dade County employees have been arrested after stealing money intended to help the poor pay their electricity bills, investigators said Friday.

Iraida Macias and Earlene Finney surrendered to face charges that include official misconduct, organized scheme to defraud and grand theft.

Authorities say the two worked for Miami-Dade County’s Community Action Agency, and were in charge of helping low-income people get federal money to help them pay their energy bills.

But after an anonymous tip, investigators with the Miami-Dade Inspector General’s Office found that the two had rigged the system over several years.

Macias used $4,100.78 in the federal funds to help her pay her own Florida Power and Light bill, authorities said, while Finney did the same to the tune of $6,211.70.

“Every theft by a governmental employee is a betrayal of the public trust. It is particularly disappointing when workers charged with helping the poor steal some of that money for themselves,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.