Druckemiller plea doesn't look imminent
Jan 05, 2013 (Florida Keys Keynoter - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The defense attorney for Lisa Druckemiller, the former Monroe County Technical Services director accused of stealing and reselling 52 Apple electronics devices, is awaiting depositions and subpoenaed phone records before continuing negotiate a plea arrangement.
"Here's where we are," her attorney, Robert Cintron, said Friday. "We sent out subpoenas to a couple of the telephone cell service carriers, AT&T and Verizon. That is a very cumbersome process. They don't move very quickly."
He said he's trying to establish when the iPads and iPhones Druckemiller, 51, is accused of stealing and reselling were activated, and by whom.
Overall, she's accused of stealing $23,311 worth of county-owned electronics and selling them for a combined $4,778, mostly to county workers. She retired last February when the scandal emerged.
Druckemiller admitted her part in the scheme before a grand jury in July and was booked less than a week later on felony counts of dealing in stolen property and scheme to defraud between $20,000 and $50,000.
Cintron also wants to depose County Administrator Roman Gastesi, who admitted paying Druckemiller $899 for three iPhones and one iPad with a combined value of $2,325. The County Commission formally reprimanded him and he agreed to pay the costs of the county's internal investigation into the scandal.
"Once all that's accomplished," Cintron said of the deposition and acquiring the Verizon and AT&T records, "we have the documents and testimony, we'll be in a position to go before the judge and look for a resolution."
The next status hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. before Chief Circuit Court Judge David Audlin at the Freeman Justice Center in Key West.
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