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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Druckemiller guilty plea set for March 6; sentencing April 1

The former head of Monroe County Technical Services Department will plead guilty to felony theft charges next month and be sentenced in April.

An attorney for former IT director Lisa Druckemiller and prosecutors went before Circuit Court Judge David Audlin on Tuesday and agreed to her pleading guilty March 6 to dealing in stolen property and scheming to defraud. She will be sentenced on April 1.

The Monroe County State Attorney's Office is recommending Druckemiller serve two years in prison.

"That has been the recommended sentence all along," prosecutor Mark Wilson said Tuesday.

Druckemiller's attorney, Robert Cintron, contends she has suffered a huge financial loss by losing her job and state pension and should not receive prison time, or at least, minimal prison time.

"We hope the judge takes that into account when determining her punishment," Cintron said.

Druckemiller abruptly retired in March as the investigation got under way. A grand jury heard the case in June, and she was arrested July 17. She is currently free on $30,000 bail.

Druckemiller reportedly stole 52 county-owned iPads and iPhones and sold them to co-workers, friends and relatives.

The thefts were a major embarrassment for the county and led to several new policies to keep similar thefts from happening again. The Monroe County Clerk's Office implemented a new fraud hotline to report such crimes and fraud.

tohara@keysnews.com

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