Crime

Druckemiller set for prison release this weekend

Lisa Druckemiller, Monroe County's former Technical Services Department director, is scheduled to be released from state prison Sunday.

In August 2013, then-Circuit Court Judge David Audlin sentenced 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.

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 last month reflected time served in the Keys jail before being shipped upstate.

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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