Deputy Resigns After Body Cam Footage Shows Him Stealing Money
A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy has resigned after his own body camera caught him stealing money out of people’s wallets.
Volusia County deputy John Braman’s body camera revealed him taking $200 out of a suspect’s wallet during a DUI arrest.
First Coast News got to talk to the victim. “I left my house and I rolled a stop sign like a lot of people do in my neighborhood and got pulled over,” the victim told them.
The man admitted to having one drink before leaving his house, but when he refused a breathalyzer test he was arrested and booked.
At the jail Braman checked the victim’s belongings and said he had $13 in his wallet. The victim immediately said no, he had $213 in his wallet.
“I wasn’t sure if he had taken it or it was lost or what happened,” the victim told First Coast News. “Who’s going to believe a guy getting arrested for a DUI, so it was very frustrating.”
Once the victim’s attorney requested the body cam footage the truth came out.
This isn’t the first time Braman has been in trouble. Earlier this month the Sheriff’s office said the deputy was under investigation for allegedly turning off his body camera and taking money from multiple people’s wallets.
Since the footage has surfaced deputy Braman has resigned and could face criminal charges down line.
“The guy just takes $200 bills out of the client’s wallet, throws them in his trunk, folds the wallet back up, shuts the trunk.” said a local defense attorney to WESH-TV. “The wallet is booked in inventory less $200 and then that $200 in his trunk,” he said.
“This organization has received several complaints that Deputy Braman during car stops in which he arrested the operator of the vehicle for DUI charges was stealing money from their wallets while he was processing those prisoners,” said the county Sheriff to WESH-TV.
According to the Sheriff’s office Braman has a lengthy discipline history where he served a 12-hour suspension without pay for missing eight traffic hearings in a span of 14 months.
In 2016 he supposedly also missed at least three hearings.