Golden Beach Cop Busted for Grand Theft, Fraud

Officer arrested for bilking city out of thousands

A Golden Beach police sergeant is facing charges after authorities say he bilked the city out of thousands in an overtime scheme and using his canine partner in an insurance fraud scheme.

Officer Lynn Dean Peters, 45, turned himself in to the Miami-Dade County jail Thursday to face one count of organized scheme to defraud, one count of grand theft, one count of insurance fraud and 11 counts of official misconduct, according to the Florida department of Law Enforcement.

The investigation into Peters, of Fort Lauderdale, began in 2009 when the Miami-Dade Police Department received allegations Peters had worked off-duty overtime details while on-duty.

He's also accused of altering city reimbursement invoices and not compensating the City of Golden Beach for administrative costs associated with off-duty hours worked.

In all, Peters is accused of scheming $2,377 out of the city.

Golden Beach has suspended Peters without pay.

Peters was also charged with insurance fraud after he falsely alleged to an insurance company that his canine partner was no longer fit for duty following an automobile crash. The dog had already been declared unfit before the crash.

Peters was being held on $70,000 bond.

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