In February four Miami residents and two Brazil residents were charged with international mortgage fraud. They are reportedly involved in fraudulent mortgage loans for residential properties in Miami-Dade in Palm Beach counties. From October 2005 to May 2007, the six individuals were allegedly involved in $9 million in fraudulent loans. Although charges were pressed in February, the case wasn't unsealed until Monday, April 6.
Dan Bilzerian, a professional poker player who has been called the "King of Instagram" for his 7.1 million followers will not face any significant consequences for two legal matters that arose in December of last year.
Ex-Mayor of North Miami, Lucie Tondreau, was convicted for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme conducted prior to her taking office. The charismatic public figure used her status, especially within the Haitian community of which she was a part of, to defraud citizens and banks to the tune of $11 million.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, former Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) employee, Shani Smith was surrendered to police. She is facing six felony counts of official misconduct. The charges stem from a case Smith worked in that began in November 2012, in which a mother, Catalina Bruno, was charged with driving under the influence and child neglect.
A whopping 14 individuals were arrested on Wednesday, March 11 in connection with a healthcare fraud scheme that scammed more than $130 million from major public companies, the city of Miami, and Miami-Dade County public schools. They are being accused of submitting false claims for pain injections to treat knee and back pain. The insurance companies that were defrauded mainly include major entities such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare and Cigna.
On Friday, March 6 Gilberto Suarez of South Florida was sentenced to one month in prison plus five months of house arrest for his role in smuggling baseball star Yasiel Puig from Cuba. Suarez's plea agreement also mandates that he no longer be involved in Aldemys Diaz's contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Diaz is also from Cuba.
Psychiatrist Barry Kaplowitz was convicted by a jury yesterday in another case of Medicare fraud In South Florida. Kaplowoitz was on the payroll at Hollywood Pavilion, a Broward County psychiatric facility. The same jury also found Tiffany Foster, who had served in an administrative capacity at the same facility guilty. Hollywood Pavilion, has the subject of a prominent Medicare fraud case.
Alejandra Collaza will serve 17 years for Medicare scam that cost taxpayers $8.5 million dollars. Collazo's Hialeah clinic did a booming business. Masquerading as a doctor, Collazo wrote 2,200 false prescriptions for referrals to home-healthcare agencies.
Miami-Dade police officer Joshua Zacarias was arrested on Tuesday, February 3 and charged with official misconduct. The charge stems for a hit-and-run accident that took place at the Miami Lakes district station. Zacarias originally reported that the damage was caused when someone vandalized his car with a key.
Early in the morning of August 22, 2010, Lindsay Armada was headed home from a night of partying with friend at Downtown Miami's late-night hotspots, Nocturnal and Space. Armada was driving on the Palmetto Expressway when she tried to pass a car, but instead struck a curb and lost control of her car. State troopers reported that Armada then crashed into a tree on the side of the highway. The crash killed two of her passengers, Nicolas Garzon and Luis Suarez, and left the third passenger, Ashley Tellez, in a body cast for six months. A witness estimated that Armada was traveling at a speed of about 90 miles per hour.