Orlando school resource officer charged with money laundering
A school resource officer for the Orlando Police Department was accused of money laundering Wednesday.
Police said Officer Amy Bretches, who has received several honors and commendations for her service, stole $200,000 worth of FEMA money.
Orlando’s city attorney said Bretches set up an account using a city ID number and directed FEMA to deposit $200,000 into the account when FEMA began handing out hurrican cleanup funding.
Authorities said Bretches did not spend the money deposited into her account. They said she made money from the interest, at least $20,000.
The city of Orlando found the missing money in 2008, according to authorities, and froze the account after doing an audit. Shortly after the audit, Bretches retired from the Police Department.
Bretches has been charged with money laundering and is out on bond.