Another Miami Cop Arrested for Dealing in Stolen Goods

Veteran cop was crooked, feds claim

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    MIAMI - AUGUST 10: City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado (L) listens as police Chief Miguel A. Exposito speaks during a press conference to announce "Operation Take Back Our Streets"' on August 10, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Miami Police Department launched the operaiton in response to recent shootings in the Model City and Little Haiti communities of Miami. The city has seen a number of shootings recently using high powered assault weapons. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Miguel A. Exposito;Tomas Regalado

    A 14-year veteran of the Miami Police Department has been arrested for using his badge to benefit himself.

    Charley Braynen, 50, was charged in federal court with two counts of extortion under the color of law after he allegedly used his position to file false police reports in order to protect stolen goods.

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    It's the second time this week a former Miami cop has been in the news for dealing in stolen property. Ricardo Martiniez pleaded guilty to selling a stolen shipment of Bluetooth headsets Monday.

    The recent rash of arrests involving Miami cops can't be good for Chief Miguel Exposito, who is in a fight with several on the Miami City Commission over the Police Department's image.

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    The U.S. Attorney's Office claims that Braynen's crooked ways were first discovered in February, when he doctored a police report in exchange for a payment of unspecified goods.

    The crooked cop continued in July, this time accepting goods in return for offering protection for a shipment of stolen property.

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    Prosecutors did not give specifics on what the stolen property was.

    If convicted, Braynen faces 20 years in prison.