The investigation revealed Torrecillas had allegedly embezzled more than $250,000 from employees’ annuity accounts dating to 2004, Robaina said. He apparently used the money to enrich himself and to buy a second home in North Carolina, along with several cars.
Torrecillas, 50, was taken into custody Oct. 15 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as he returned from his vacation. He suffered a medical emergency and was treated before his arrest. His police mug shot shows him in a hospital gown.
Torrecillas now faces felony charges of official misconduct, organized fraud and grand theft, and six counts of forging checks.
From the Miami Herald, regarding a public official who also worked for an AFSCME local. Hat tip: The Union News blog.