Crime

Second Miami-Dade cop charged with falsifying crime reports

A Miami-Dade County police officer was arrested Wednesday on fraud charges accusing him of writing false crime reports in exchange for kickbacks from credit repair businesses that unlawfully helped people clean up their bad credit histories.

George Price, 42, is scheduled to have his first appearance in Miami federal court on Thursday. He is the second county police officer to be charged in the alleged scheme, according to an indictment.

Last month, fellow officer Rafael Duran, 43, was charged with falsifying crime reports and receiving kickbacks from the same credit repair businesses.

Both Duran and Price are accused of writing the false police reports so customers could claim they were victims of identity theft and credit-card fraud to reporting agencies. Both created the false reports to promote the success of the credit repair businesses, according to the U.S. attorney's office and FBI.

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