I smell a rotten FWC officer

Mako_OneMako_One Posts: 216 Officer
A boat battle that pitted a Miami-Dade family against the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission is over tonight and investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case.

WSVN -- Home security cameras showed state agents inspecting a family's boat in their back yard.
When the officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission left, they took the boat with them calling it contraband.

At issue is the boat's identification numbers which look like they may have been altered.

Rachael Hernandez: "I said wait a minute, this is a 21-year-old boat. They're not going to look perfect."

Although the numbers on the hull match the family's records, they don't look sharp like factory numbers should.

Jorge Pino: "We know that the number was altered, we don't know that the number has changed."

It was enough for FWC to think the boat might be stolen.

And with Miami-Dade leading the nation in the number of stolen boats, it's a crime taken seriously by law enforcement.

However, there's a back story here that begins with the sale of the boat to a FWC recruit who is now an officer.

Rachael Hernandez: "He said the boat is perfect. I love it. I want to buy it now."

But after writing a check for $9,500 he stopped payment.

Rachael Hernandez: "I get a very strange call from him saying, 'Listen, I'm going to keep your boat. I'm not going to pay for it. I have the power to do that. I'm a police officer and I just don't give'. You know he said a bad word."

But FWC says the young officer did the right thing by reporting the boat after he had doubts about the authenticity of the identification numbers.

Jorge Pino: "Internal Affairs looked into the matter and decided the matter was purely civil between the owners of the vessel and the officer."

But for six weeks the owners didn't know if they even owned the boat anymore.

It sat in an impound yard in North Miami-Dade.

Johnny Walker: "I didn't see a number."

During that time, someone from the boat's manufacturer tried to find the hidden hull numbers boats should have.

But a search of records later revealed an old warranty that matched the identification numbers.

The family was so concerned they were going to lose the boat, they hired an attorney.

Mario Quintero Jr.: "I don't think it's a totally honest mistake. I think it stems from the original officer putting a stop payment on the check."

And they are considering legal action against that officer.

Rachael Hernandez: "I think it's just a matter of justice and his malicious intent from the beginning."

In the meantime, the family is happy to have the boat back and appreciates the fact an FWC officer did apologize for any inconvenience.


Read more: http://www.wsvn.com/features/articles/carmelcase/MI97520/boat-battle-over/#ixzz2O2xNY0I0

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  • Apologize? Did he write them a check for theri trouble? and if the boat was not stolen or illegal why did he ever give it back, why not complete the deal?

    Crooked Cop that thinks he is entitled to be cop , jury, and judge.

    He shlould not be an FWC,
  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,922 AG
    And what is your question?
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  • EyesonuEyesonu Posts: 55 Deckhand
    Sounds like he tried to purchase the boat and caught the potential mistake in the process. He told his supervisors and they made him stop payment on the check and confiscate the boat. When the boat was found to be legal they gave it back. I don't think there is any real shenanigans going on here, just a ******bag new officer with an over inflated ego.


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  • fsuwxmanfsuwxman Posts: 1,265 Officer
    Corrupt and dirty cops...nothing new here.
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  • On Island TimeOn Island Time Posts: 205 Officer
    Crooked, corrupt, dirty and inflated ego seem to be posted with very little factual information, other than a simple newspaper article, dont you think? I'm hoping we all dont believe everything that is posted in the newspapers. Now, to follow that up, I'm not defending the FWC Officer as I dont know the background relating to this specific incident.

    But as a Detective in a South Florida Agency that is assigned to Marine theft and Auto Theft, and have been for a very long time, I seize boats weekly for altered, defaced and damaged HIN's. Its within my authority but more specifically within my authority because its defined by Florida State Statute 328.07 and US CFR Title 33. Most of these vessels are stolen and altered to conceal the vessels true identity and the original owners are happy to get their vessels back. But there are occassions when you do find some that have been altered but are not stolen mainly due to repairs. This is also relatively easy to verify but those boats go back to the owners with a case number (and report) which they can utilize if future issues arise with the inconsitencies and identity of their vessel.

    Laws are in place for a reason and most, like Offenses involving HIN's, are not interpretable. If its altered, damaged, defaced or removed its a violation and considered contraband by the State, seizable under law. Then the true identity must be verified for the vessel to be returned...

    But I guess, even tho very specific by definition, this is my opinion
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  • KRUSTYKRUSTY Posts: 96 Deckhand
    Crooked, corrupt, dirty and inflated ego seem to be posted with very little factual information, other than a simple newspaper article, dont you think? I'm hoping we all dont believe everything that is posted in the newspapers. Now, to follow that up, I'm not defending the FWC Officer as I dont know the background relating to this specific incident.

    But as a Detective in a South Florida Agency that is assigned to Marine theft and Auto Theft, and have been for a very long time, I seize boats weekly for altered, defaced and damaged HIN's. Its within my authority but more specifically within my authority because its defined by Florida State Statute 328.07 and US CFR Title 33. Most of these vessels are stolen and altered to conceal the vessels true identity and the original owners are happy to get their vessels back. But there are occassions when you do find some that have been altered but are not stolen mainly due to repairs. This is also relatively easy to verify but those boats go back to the owners with a case number (and report) which they can utilize if future issues arise with the inconsitencies and identity of their vessel.

    Laws are in place for a reason and most, like Offenses involving HIN's, are not interpretable. If its altered, damaged, defaced or removed its a violation and considered contraband by the State, seizable under law. Then the true identity must be verified for the vessel to be returned...

    But I guess, even tho very specific by definition, this is my opinion

    forgot to mention that they're useless too!!
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