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Stolen defibrillators lead to arrest of a correction officer and his brother

NEW YORK – A grand jury indicted brothers Michael and Joseph Diaz for their roles in the thefts of more than $6,000 worth of automated external defibrillators from the New York City Department of Correction, and peddling them online.

Michael Diaz, 46, of Massapequa Park, a correction officer at Rikers Island, is accused of stealing the equipment from facilities where he worked over a two-year period.

He and his brother Joseph Diaz, 43, of Lindenhurst, are both charged with grand larceny in the 3rd degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the 3rd degree.

Michael Diaz, who has been with the Department of Correction for 14 years, is also charged with official misconduct.

The defibrillators have a list price of $1,800 but were acquired by the Department of Correction for some $1,200 each.  The brothers are accused of auctioning the lifesaving equipment on eBay, where the AEDs sold for amounts ranging from $542 to $898.

The brothers surrendered to authorities today for their arraignment on the charges before State Supreme Court Justice Richard Price and were released on their own recognizance.  They will be back in court on June 17th