Tallahassee, FL -- May 17, 2012 --
Daphne Pinedo-Ramos worked in the Traffic Division of the Clerk of Courts Office. She's accused of taking more than $8,500.00 in cash.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office said Ramos is charged in 41 separate cases. The first one dates back to December of 2010. The most recent one was this week.
Leon County Clerk of Courts, Bob Inzer, said they contacted authorities after they were alerted of a potential problem on May 14, 2012.
" It was just sporadic and limited activity and it wasn't at such a level that was really easily detectable because it was spread out over a period of time," said Inzer.
The Clerk's office said Ramos was collecting cash for citations and pocketing the money. She issued false receipts and dismissed the citation out of the system.
"We had a citizen bring back what they said was a receipt from our office where they had paid a criminal ticket and we looked at and said, That's not a receipt. And that was the flag that went up for us to start looking," said Inzer.
Ramos worked for the Leon County Clerk's Office for six years. Inzer said he believes Ramos had fallen on hard times. He said they were shocked to learn she had been stealing.
People we spoke to said they're glad she's being held accountable..
"I think it's low down and dirty and they should be prosecuted for it. It's hard on the taxpayer's money, and people shouldn't just go around and frivolously take it," said Greg Whitty of Madison, Florida.
"I had a situation a couple of years ago, and I thought it was funny that they didn't keep up with the books very well. So my recommendation to my Facebook Friends was to hold onto your receipts," said Tallahassee resident Emily York.
Detectives Charge Clerk with 43 Counts in Fraud Investigation
Tallahassee, FL -- May 16, 2012 --
On May 15, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an employee of the Leon County Clerk’s Office was stealing money. The employee, Daphne Pinedo-Ramos, worked as a cashier
in the Traffic Division of the Clerk of Courts Office. She was responsible for accepting payments for traffic citations and receipting those payments. Another employee discovered that Ramos had
improperly disposed of 41 cases between December of 2010 and May 14, 2012. In those cases, Ramos accepted cash payments from customers, provided them with a false receipt and then kept the
cash payments. Once the payment was made, Ramos dismissed the citation. The amount of cash taken in the 41 cases totaled $8,512.00.
On 5-16-12, Financial Crimes Detectives made contact with Ramos and interviewed her. During the interview, Ramos indicated her involvement in this investigation. Ramos was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.
38 years old
Charges: Falsifying Official Documents (41 counts), Organized Scheme to Defraud, Grand Theft