Crime

Druckemillers, including mother who stole from county while employed there, about to be released from prison



The son of Monroe County's former Technical Services Department director is scheduled to be released from state prison on Monday -- just under two months before his mother is scheduled to be sprung herself.





In August 2013, then-Circuit Court Judge David Audlin sentenced Lisa Druckemiller, 53, to 18 months in prison for stealing county-owned iPhones and iPads and selling or giving them to friends and co-workers. She apparently had her sentence shaved a bit and is set for release from the Atlantic Community Release Center in West Palm Beach on Nov. 23.





Her son Brandon, 27, was sentenced in October 2013 to two years for burglary, robbery, dealing in stolen property and cocaine possession, among other things. His release this coming week apparently reflects time served in the Keys jail before being shipped upstate. He's in the South Florida Reception Center in Miami-Dade County.





Brandon was first arrested in October 2012, charged with felony burglary for breaking into houses. Two days later, he was charged with a felony for violating pawnbroker laws. Then in January 2013, he was arrested again, charged with armed robbery for using an airsoft BB gun to rob a hotel clerk and a cab driver in Key West.





When arrested, he listed his occupation as a plumber.





Lisa Druckemiller was arrested on July 17, 2012, on felony counts of scheme to defraud and dealing in stolen property. She pleaded guilty in March 2013. In addition to prison, she must serve 13 years of probation and pay the county restitution.





She admitted stealing 52 county-owned iPads and iPhones that cost taxpayers $23,311 and selling them for $4,778. Among those who bought the electronics: County Administrator Roman Gastesi (three iPhones and an iPad worth a combined $2,325). He was formally reprimanded by the County Commission.





Druckemiller had worked for the county for 30 years and was making $78,489 annually when she quit shortly before the scandal broke. Her guilty plea meant she lost her state pension. At the time, her attorney said that could cost her up to $1 million.





Other employees besides Gastesi received varying levels of punishment for buying the stolen goods.

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