These 3 sold freedom to immigrants under electronic monitoring, indictment says

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A federal grand jury indicted three South Florida residents that accuses them of soliciting and taking bribes from undocumented immigrants who wanted early release from electronic monitoring.

The scheme allegedly run by Elisa Pelaez, 54, of Miami Shores; Miami’s Ginou Baptiste, 48; and Miami’s Fritz Cyriaque, 50, concerns the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP), a program private company Behavioral Intervention runs for the Department of Homeland Security. A joint undercover operation run by Homeland Security and Immigration & Customs Enforcement produced the indictments.

People in ISAP, a detention alternative program for adults begun in 2005, have their supervised release monitored by curfews, reporting requirements, unscheduled home visits and electronic monitoring devices. According to the Justice Department, Pelaez and Baptiste supervised people waiting for immigration procedures among their duties at Behavioral Intervention. From November 2010 through February 2014, they supplemented their income with funds from immigrants under their direction.

The indictment claims Baptiste figured out those in ISAP who had the desire to have their electronic monitor taken off early and the financial means to make it worth the trio’s while. Along with Baptiste, she would send those people to Cyriaque, a friend with a grand theft past who didn’t work at Behavioral Intervantion. Baptiste told the ISAP people she identified that Cyriaque was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official. After he collected the money, Pelaez or Baptiste would tell the necessary BI employee to take off the electronic monitor.

Baptiste and Pelaez no longer work for BI.

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