Orange County corrections officer accused of defrauding bank out of $17K

Der’Renae Freeman turned herself in, records show

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An Orange County corrections officer is accused of having someone deposit multiple fraudulent checks into her SunTrust banking account, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Der’Renae Freeman turned herself in Monday to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on a warrant for fraud out of Seminole County, records show. She has since bonded out.

Deputies said in April, a man used an ATM to deposit a $4,718.29 check into Freeman’s account before it was returned as fraudulent a few days later. Before the check bounced, authorities said card transactions and ATM withdrawals were conducted until the account was depleted of funds.

Records show this pattern happened multiple times during a five-day period.

In total, the bank lost $17,622.31, according to the report.

Officials from Orange County Corrections Department said Freeman had been placed on leave without pay but she resigned effective Tuesday.

She was hired by the department in September.

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