LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United Sta…

LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that defendant Ramiro Torrico made his initial appearance today on federal bribery charges. Torrico, a former State of Florida Correctional Officer with the rank of Sergeant, was charged in a felony Information with soliciting, demanding, and accepting bribes from an inmate, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666. The case is assigned to United States District Judge Adalberto Jordan, in Miami, Florida, for all further proceedings.

According to the felony Information, Torrico was a Sergeant working for the State of Florida Department of Corrections at Dade Correctional Institute (“DCI”), a maximum security state prison in Florida City, Florida. The Information alleges that between March and September 2006, Torrico demanded and received approximately $20,000 in cash payments from a DCI inmate in exchange for special protection and privileges, including the delivery of unscreened mail and contraband. If convicted of the charge, Torrico faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Edward N. Stamm.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.