A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy, Frantz Felisma, 43, plead guilty to stealing identities from numerous drivers’ licenses he had access to with his work computer. He also confessed to giving the information to a convicted felon.
Faced with charges of identity theft and fraud, the former Delray Beach Deputy of the Year, entered a guilty plea, but said in essence it was all for the kids. The tarnished officer said he intended to use any profits from the crimes to send high school kids to college, or get them soccer training.
Frantz Felisma, formerly known in the community for his coaching and volunteerism, is still listed on unpaid administrative leave and has not officially been terminated by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, despite the fact that he has been held at the Palm Beach County jail since he was arrested on federal charges on Dec. 21, 2016.
The former Deputy is awaiting sentencing from U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks. The judge is expected to announce his sentence today.
Investigators say that Felisma collaborated with Kesner Joaseus, 47, who offered to pay Felisma to steal at least 50 identities. They believe the two committed fraud in excess of $150,000.
Using law enforcement databases, the deputy would obtain details from drivers of expensive cars and later give the information to the felon. The data would then be used to obtain fraudulent credit cards and accounts.
Joaseus also plead guilty and is currently serving 11 years in federal prison for his role in the scheme as well as a housing fraud conviction. He agreed to testify against Felisma, but the the case never went to trial.
The incarcerated Felisma, who was once a goalkeeper for the Haitian national soccer team, still has his fair share of supporters. Friends and family portray Frantz Felisma as a kind and gentle volunteer and have written the judge and asked for leniency or even a second chance.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.