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Transcripts detail relationship between informant and fired TPD sergeant

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We are now hearing from the Tampa Police sergeant fired last year amid accusations of food stamp fraud.

Lajoyce Houston talked to prosecutors about her role in the alleged crime and how close she was to a Tampa police department confidential informant in the case.

LINK: Transcript of the interview

Houston talked about her close relationship with Rita Girven.

Houston says she met Girven when she was a teenager. Eventually, she adopted her daughter.

Prosecutors say it was Girven’s food stamp card that Lajoyce Houston used to go shopping at Walmart with husband Eric Houston.

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A lot of the details of Houston's confession were redacted in the transcript of interview, but she was asked if she wanted her job back.

She said yes.

"I think we have all made mistakes. There’s other people at TPD that have been arrested and been able to get their jobs back, " Houston said.

Lajoyce Houston isn't the only one facing trouble. Her husband, former TPD detective Eric Houston, was fired from the department earlier this year.

He is under federal investigation for tax fraud.

So far, he has not been indicted in that case.


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