Animal Activist Camille Marino Is Back in Custody


camille1Florida animal rights activist Camille Marino was back in state custody and awaiting extradition to Michigan Thursday on a charge she violated probation by committing wire fraud, authorities said.

Marino was in the Sumter County Jail after agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested her Wednesday on an out-of-state warrant, Sumter County Sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Hofecker said.

Marino had gone to the jail to retrieve personal property that the FDLE had seized from her home last June, said Special Agent Yolanda Carbia, supervisor for the FDLE field office in Gainesville. Marino was being investigated after several University of Florida employees had complained they had been threatened or harassed after their home addresses were posted on her website Negotiation is Over.

Once officers had finished processing Marino’s property and were ready to release it, the FDLE contacted Marino to get it back to her, Carbia said. Marino asked that FDLE not drop it off at her house, Carbia said, and agents arranged to meet her at the Sumter County Jail in Bushnell.

“In the course of doing that, we found an outstanding warrant out of Michigan,” Carbia said.

The FDLE has been in touch with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office as part of an ongoing investigation into Marino’s activities as an animal rights activist. Professors and employees at UF have complained that Marino has been targeting them and posting their personal information online.

The University Police Department is working with FDLE as well, Carbia said.

Marino “has been looked at for similar activities in other states,” Carbia said.