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ED GRIFFITH Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

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Below you'll find recent news releases issued by this office.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Boot Camp Case Manager Charged


As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Security and Internal Affairs Bureau, Christy Laster, a twelve (12) year Department of Corrections employee, has been arrested due to accumulated evidence related to the theft and extortion of more than $20,000 from Boot Camp Cadets.
Christy Laster has been charged with:
  • 6 counts         Bribery                              2nd  Degree Felony
  • 6 counts          Extortion                           2nd Degree Felony
  • 16 counts        Grand Theft                      3rd Degree Felony
  • 3 counts         Petit Theft                         1st  Degree Misdemeanor

The 35 year old Boot Camp case manager supervised cadets in the second phase of the program.  Initially, Boot Camp Cadets were held in-custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center for a period of four (4) months to complete a militarily regimented program plan.  During the Phase 2 portion of the program, cadets were released into the community and were required to be employed.  During this 60 day “Work Release Program”, cadets were not permitted to have cash in their possession and were required to pay the cost of programmatic supervision, usually a $10.00 per day fee.
The investigation indicated that Officer Laster would induce the cadets to give her their wages either under the guise of collecting the cost of supervision or threatening to have them violated out of the program and placed into custody.  The financial investigation verified the information supplied by the program cadets about the movement of cash to Christy Laster.  Further investigation revealed that Officer Christy Laster appeared to be a regular customer at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and experienced extensive gambling losses surpassing $38,000.
 “As a case manager, Officer Laster appears to have taught a hypocritical lesson to all of these cadets who were trying to go straight,” noted State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Now, it seems to be her time to learn the price that criminality exacts.”