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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade Police Department announced Tuesday one of their own has betrayed the badge.

The department said a Miami-Dade police lieutenant has been arrested and charged with scheme to defraud, insurance fraud and grand theft.

Juan Perez, Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, tweeted about the arrest on Tuesday:

Lieutenant Alexander Diaz de Villegas is accused of filing false home insurance claims.

He was charged along with his ex-wife, Barbara Diaz de Villegas, a public adjuster who was previously arrested for insurance fraud in May.

The couple is facing 18 counts of grand theft and insurance fraud, dating back as far as 2013.

The twosome filed phony insurance claims for water damage on their homes, and collected.

There was never any water damage.

The total take for the couple was $75,000.

Lieutenant Diaz de Villegas was being held on $65,000 bond but was released late Tuesday.

His ex-wife is being held on $55,000 bond but she was already out on bond for a previous felony which will keep her behind bars overnight until she appears before a judge.

Diaz de Villegas’ LinkedIn page says the lieutenant is also a Realtor at Battlefield Investment Group in Homestead.


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