A firefighter scams Broward Aviation with a car-sharing company

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BSO on Tuesday arrested a firefighter for stealing more than $3,000 from Broward Aviation while distributing parking vouchers to FLL employees for personal car rentals.

Miami

A two-year sideways turmoil ended in an arrest earlier this week after a Broward firefighter-paramedic scammed $3,000 from the county using employee parking passes at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood.

Mario Artze-Ordiales, who started working for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue in 2012, faces one count of fraud and grand theft under $5,000. He was arrested on Tuesday afternoon; it is not known if he remains in prison.

Artze-Ordiales rented personal vehicles through car-sharing service Turo from 2020 to 2022 – and gave customers prepaid BSFR employee-only parking vouchers to sweeten the deal with free parking.

He had “obtained numerous prepaid parking vouchers” and more than 100 reservations on Turo in two years, according to the report from the sheriff’s office.

The total cost of the vouchers was approximately $3,029.

BSO began investigating Artze-Ordiales, who was assigned to the airport, in January when a parking attendant reported that a customer was trying to leave the airport using one of the employee vouchers from the airport. Broward Aviation Department. They said it was given to him by the owner of the car he was renting.

In messages on Turo, Artze-Ordiales told the customer that the voucher would be on the dashboard and asked him to “only go to the cashiers’ stand and give them tickets for free parking”.

Police said the firefighter-paramedic had a business registered as “Mario’s Slingshot and Jeep Rental Co.” and had six cars registered on Turo at the time of the survey, although only three were listed as active.

“Taking advantage of one’s public position of trust to enrich oneself is not only ethically wrong, but in this case is also a crime,” Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement.

This story was originally published June 23, 2022 10:16 p.m.

Elise Gregg is part of the Miami Herald’s real-time and breaking news team. She is an undergraduate student at Florida International University and editor of FIU student media, PantherNOW. She enjoys playing bass and reading when she’s not writing about crime and whatever else ends up on her desk.

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