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FDLE analyzing Barreiro's state computer



The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirms it is analyzing the computer hard drive of a state-owned laptop used by Gus Barreiro, a former high-ranking official in the Department of Juvenile Justice who was fired Jan. 16. FDLE spokeswoman Kristen Perezluha said the laptop arrived at the agency's offices Monday and is being reviewed by computer experts.

"We are examining any files on the hard drive and providing that information to DJJ," she said, adding that Barreiro is not the subject of a criminal investigation.

DJJ spokesman Frank Penela characterized the FDLE review as routine in cases where an employee is dismissed for misuse of computer equipment.

Barreiro, a former four-term state representative from Miami Beach, worked for the DJJ for about 10 months. He earned about $72,000 a year as an operational support administrator. The agency has declined to specify the circumstances that led to Barreiro's firing, citing an ongoing internal investigation by the DJJ's inspector general, Mary Eubanks.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:15pm]


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