EX-POLICE CHIEF, OFFICERS FRAMED TEEN FOR BURGLARIES TO BOOST STATS, FEDS SAY

A police chief and two police officers in a small Miami suburb were indicted Monday for framing an innocent 16-year-old in order to preserve the town's perfect record for solving burglaries, federal prosecutors charge.

Former Biscayne Park police chief Raimundo Atesiano and former officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez falsely arrested a 16-year-boy in 2013 for four unsolved burglaries, "knowing that there was no evidence and no lawful basis to support such charges," a Monday news release by federal prosecutors in Miami announcing the indictment said.

The boy was arrested “to maintain a fictitious 100 percent clearance rate of reported burglaries,” the news release added. After arresting the boy, Atesiano announced at a Biscayne Park City Council meeting that his department had "a 100 percent clearance rate for burglaries,” according to the indictment.