A veteran Miami Beach crime lab technician who was suspended in July for improperly storing evidence, was charged on Thursday with nine counts of falsifying public records.
Police said that Jason Bruder, placed evidence from nine cases between December 2017 and July in a temporary locker at the police station that only he had access to. The evidence, police said, should have been held in the department’s primary storage facility.
Bruder was relieved of duty with pay on July 15.
On Thursday, he was charged with nine counts of falsifying those records. Police have not said why Bruder allegedly committed the crime.
“This is a sad day for the Miami Beach police department,” said Beach Police Chief Dan Oates. “This behavior was a betrayal of trust... The employee remains on leave with pay. Now that the criminal case has concluded, we will be taking prompt administrative action.”
After Bruder was relieved of duty, Miami Beach police said they weren’t aware if any of the evidence Bruder placed in the locker was tainted. Crime scene technicians tasks normally include dusting for fingerprints and collecting evidence like bullet casings and DNA, then processing that evidence.
Beach police concluded after an internal affairs investigation that he had falsified the evidence. Bruder is not a certified officer and doesn’t belong the department’s police union.