Monroe County state attorney honored at FWC meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
recognized Monroe County Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne on
Thursday at its Commission meeting in Key Largo.
Dunne, who has worked in the Monroe County State Attorney's
Office since 2000, was selected as the 2010 Prosecutor of the Year
by the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement.
She has prosecuted many cases, with an impressive conviction
During the past year, she successfully prosecuted several
trap-molestation cases. It is a felony to rob or interfere with any
crab or lobster trap, trap line or buoy without permission of that
license holder. In one particularly high-profile case, two men were
convicted, sentenced to nine months in jail, charged thousands of
dollars in fines and had their commercial fishing licenses
"Trap robbing can prevent commercial fishermen from successfully
catching saltwater products to earn a profit, which also affects
small businesses," said Bud Vielhauer, general counsel for the FWC.
"Dunne has sent a strong message to the commercial fishing industry
that the FWC and state of Florida are working hard to protect the
hard-earned income of law-abiding fishermen."
Dunne is known for working closely with FWC officers and being
available at any time of the day or night. She has high
expectations of law enforcement officers, demanding quality
evidence, such as numerous photographs, detailed, well-written
witness statements and precise electronic navigational
"Ms. Dunne has established herself as a true asset to all law
enforcement agencies in the county," Vielhauer said. "She is a
valued partner to the FWC in the protection of Florida's resources