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Corrections officer faces fraud charge

A Department of Corrections probation officer has been charged with filing a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft, records show.

Myron Depriest Mills, who supervises convicts and people sentenced to house arrest, will remain on the job until his criminal case is resolved, said Vic Castellano, a Tampa-based assistant regional administrator for the DOC. Mills probably will be transferred to an administrative position within the department away from contact with convicts, Castellano said.

Mills, 31, was arrested Monday and charged with filing a false or fraudulent insurance claim and attempted grand theft, both felonies, according to Pinellas County Jail records. He was released on his own recognizance the same day.

The charges stem from an arson fire July 17 at a house at 4716 Second Ave. S, said St. Petersburg Police Detective Randy Bratton. Bratton declined to provide details about the fire or the charges, saying that an investigation was continuing.

Mills, a seven-year veteran of the department, has worked as a community control officer at the department's Lakeview Office, 2554 22nd Ave. S, overseeing 30 to 35 people sentenced to house arrest, Castellano said.

_ MONICA DAVEY

and CAROL A. MARBIN

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