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2 Broward deputies charged

Associated Press
Published October 7, 2005

FORT LAUDERDALE - Two more Broward County sheriff's deputies have been arrested in an investigation of faked reports of crimes solved by the department's detective bureau.

Lee Martin, 39, and Shane Campbell, 32, were charged Wednesday with multiple counts of official misconduct. They are the fifth and sixth deputies arrested in an investigation into improper clearing and downgrading of crimes.

Officials say the accused deputies "solved" many crimes by blaming them on suspects who did not commit them, to clear cases and make bureau statistics look better. None of the suspects was actually charged.

Martin allegedly blamed one suspect for 82 crimes, and blamed a man for a theft that occurred while he was in jail, the State Attorney's Office said. Martin also allegedly claimed a Colombian national confessed to 60 crimes, including thefts and burglaries committed while the suspect lived in South America.

Campbell allegedly cleared crimes with fake confessions from two juveniles.

Martin and Campbell are on paid leave, the Sheriff's Office said.

Prosecutors began investigating the Sheriff's Office's clearance rates and crime statistics in 2003. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Justice Department are also now investigating.

[Last modified October 7, 2005, 01:49:15]

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