MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of one of their own on Thursday.
BSO said they arrested Jennifer Blum, 45, a veteran BSO communications employee on Wednesday.READ MORE: South Florida Businesses Relying On Tourism Hope To Recover From Pandemic Lows
Blum faces charges of workersâ compensation fraud and official misconduct.
BSO said that Blum told her superiors that she suffered a fall in the early morning hours of August 13, 2020 while at work at BSOâs Central Communications Center.
Surveillance video and other evidence would later show that Blum did not suffer a fall and lied about the incident, according to investigators.READ MORE: Search Resumes For Missing 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano After Person Of Interest Found Dead
BSO said that Blum had signed forms attesting her injuries and that BSO incurred a cost in excess of $1,300 in medical bills.
Blum was arrested on Wednesday evening at BSOâs Public Safety Building.
âItâs disappointing that we have to announce the arrest of one of our employees, but I made a commitment to Broward residents that BSO would be an agency of transparency and accountability,â Sheriff Gregory Tony said. âWhen employees violate the law, my administration will have the moral courage to police our own. We will be moving toward termination proceedings.âMORE NEWS: 'We Got Our Man': Patrick McDowell, Wanted For Killing Florida Deputy Captured
Blum, who began working for BSO in January 2000, has been suspended without pay.