Richard Masten: Crime Stoppers director faces jail time for eating tip

MIAMI – A Crime Stoppers administrator was found in contempt of court after eating a piece of paper a Miami-Dade County circuit judge ordered turned over.

The Miami Herald reported that Judge Victoria R. Brennan ordered Richard Masten to turn over information gained from a tip, but Crime Stoppers policy guarantees anonymity.

Masten, who oversees the nonprofit organization, refused and ate the paper in court, saying the identity of the tipster could be determined.

The information concerned a case in which a Hialeah woman named Lissette Alvarez, 45, was arrested on a cocaine possession charge.

Alvarez’s lawyer, Jean Michel D’Escoubet, said the information is important to the defense and they are not interested in the identity of the tipster.

Masten faces 14 days in jail if he doesn’t cooperate by Thursday.


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