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Miami (June 11, 2018) – A joint investigation involving the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General has led to the arrest of temporary Miami-Dade County (County) employee Aracelia Najarro-Rodriguez for conspiring to defraud a low-income client of the Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) of his FL Power & Light (FPL) refund check.

Najarro-Rodriguez is employed by PackPlus, a staffing agency, and has been working as an Eligibility Interviewer for the County’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for approximately nine years.

The criminal investigation of this matter commenced based on an anonymous complaint into allegations that Najarro-Rodriguez was using her position at CAHSD to fraudulently obtain federal funds, provide financial assistance for utilities to ineligible family members, and that Najarro-Rodriguez was the recipient of public assistance she was not entitled to receive.

Investigators reviewed and analyzed LIHEAP documentation, interviewed County employees, relatives of Najarro-Rodriguez and other witnesses, and subpoenaed Najarro-Rodriguez’ bank records. Additionally, one victim who complained he had never received his $360.00 Florida Power and Light (FPL) refund check cooperated with police and secretly recorded a conversation with Najarro-Rodriguez in which she admitted having placed her own home address on the victim’s FPL refund application, receiving his check, and depositing it in her personal bank account at SunTrust Bank. A review of FPL’s records and Najarro-Rodriguez’ bank records confirmed the deposit into her account in the exact amount of the victim’s refund request.

The investigation concluded that Najarro-Rodriguez betrayed her position as an Eligibility Interviewer with CAHSD by preying on an individual in need and received money to which she was not entitled

Aracelia Najarro-Rodriguez is being charged with 1 count of Grand Theft, a 3rd degree felony.


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