BSO Court Bailiff Arrested for Dealing in Stolen Property

A Broward Sheriff's Office court bailiff whose wife stole more than $400,000 from the company she worked for is now facing his own charge.

Steve Palacios, 33, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of dealing in stolen property, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Palacios remained behind bars Thursday on $15,000 bond. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Palacios, a civilian employee, has been with the BSO since December 2011. He has been suspended without pay, officials said.

According to the BSO, Palacios' wife, Isabella, was arrested for grand theft in September 2014 after it was discovered she had been stealing from her employer, Perfumes 4 U Las Vegas in Pembroke Pines.

Isabella Palacios, an account receivable clerk, had been writing checks payable to cash and depositing them into her personal account, authorities said.

Authorities determined that between October 2012 and October 2013, Isabella Palacios created 118 unauthorized checks for a total of $401,575, authorities said.

Isabella Palacios was sentenced to five years in prison and 25 years of supervised probation last month, and agreed to cooperate with authorities, saying her husband was aware of the thefts, according to an arrest affidavit.

She told authorities that they were making little money and were in financial distress when she starting writing the checks and depositing them in their joint account. When she told her husband what she was doing, he only told her to be careful, the affidavit said.

Isabella Palacios told authorities that they bought furniture, a Cadillac, paid rent, paid off her husband's truck and bought $6,000 tires and rims, bought guns and a safe, bought a lifetime hunting license from the State of Florida and wrote a $4,000 check to pay for his mother's hospital bills, the affidavit said.

At the time, she was making $32,595 net for her job and he was making $29,467 net from the BSO, the affidavit said.

Authorities said Palacios knew the money he was using was stolen.