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A Country Boy’s Journey To A Heroic Medical Career, The Fort Lauderdale Party Scene, And Then Prison

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Before Carlton Cash received his sentence after pleading guilty to drug dealing charges, his lawyer said that Cash was not a “typical defendant,” but no one is.  Many thousands of people get arrested on drug charges in Florida each year, and none of them fits the caricatured profile of the scary monster who wants… Read More »

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Treasure Coast Man Gets 15-Year Sentence for Defrauding Banks Out of $40 Million

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Pretending to be rich is nothing new, and some people are convincing enough to keep the fraud going for several years.  Anna Sorokin pretending to be a German heiress for several years, funding her lavish lifestyle with promises to pay later.  Christian Gerhartsreiter convinced everyone, including his own wife, that he was an heir… Read More »

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Bruce and Shawn Chait, the Real Estate Developers Who Pleaded Guilty to Bribing County Officials, Now Face Charges of Extortion

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Any Floridian who has read the local news, and any resident of the 49 states who has read a Carl Hiaasen novel, can connect the dots when presented with the keywords “golf course,” “real estate development,” “Florida,” and “corruption.”  Several years ago, a startling number of officials in the county government faced criminal charges… Read More »

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A Broward County Man Just Got a Prison Sentence for Underreporting His Income to the IRS, but Should You Worry About Your Tax Return Misdeeds?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Tax evasion is a crime, and we can all think of famous instances where people got into major legal trouble for not paying the taxes the IRS claims they owe.  You probably know the story of how Al Capone went to prison not for illegal sale of alcoholic beverages or for his alleged connections… Read More »

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Miami Nurse Accused of Using Fraudulently Obtained PPP and EIDL Funds to Pay Mortgage, Car Lease, and Child Support

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Some industries in South Florida have been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For example, bars and restaurants have been missing not only the tourists that didn’t show up this year but also the locals who stayed away out of fear of COVID exposure once the restrictions on public gatherings began to relax.  Retail… Read More »

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Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for his Role as a Money Mule in Jamaican Lottery Scam

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic and relief funds associated with it have dominated the news headlines in recent months, but Florida was no stranger to scams before the pandemic.  Elderly people are especially vulnerable to fraud, especially if they live alone, since scammers often prey on elderly people’s loneliness and lack of knowledge… Read More »

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BSO Deputies Arrest Father and Son in Drug Bust in Parking Lot of Pompano Beach Eatery

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One of the best things about living in South Florida is that you can always get your fix of sunshine at one of the region’s many reasonably priced, outdoor seating only eateries where the food isn’t too greasy, just greasy enough.  While it might be fun to make key lime pie or lobster bisque… Read More »

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Down on His Luck Businessman Uses $7 Million of Fraudulently Obtained PPP Funds to Buy Maserati and Mansion

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

We can all agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a good portion of the fun out of the Florida sunshine, but there is a solution to that.  Are you bummed out that you can no longer watch movies at Florida’s dazzling cineplexes?  Just built your own home movie theater, pirate-themed décor and all! … Read More »

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Broward County Man Accused of Participation in Pre-Pandemic Identity Theft Conspiracy That Later Included PPP Fraud

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

By now, the instances of business owners making false statements in order to obtain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are well known.  The purpose of the loans was to provide emergency relief to businesses forced to pause or scale back their operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fact that the PPP prioritized speed… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Ophthalmologist Sentenced to 17 Years for Healthcare Fraud Receives Presidential Pardon

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Being found guilty at trial in criminal court and receiving a sentence is not the end of the story.  Of course, some people choose to serve their sentences and put the past behind them rather than going back to court about the same case, but your rights as a defendant do not end as… Read More »

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Jude Faccidomo Tackles Systematic Racism in the Criminal Justice System

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

By a slim majority, the Board of Governors has voted to endorse a Criminal Procedure Rules Committee proposal that would allow prosecutors to request a resentencing hearing at any time. CPRC Vice Chair Jude Faccidomo told the board, “There’s this systemic racism that is deeply imbedded in our criminal justice system…and there is no… Read More »

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Two Miami Residents Face Criminal Charges for PPP Loan Fraud After Falsely Claiming to Operate Farm in Backyard of Duplex

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

South Florida is, by all accounts, a great place to grow fruits and vegetables.  If you grew up here, you probably took a school field trip to an orange grove or, if you are old enough, to Batten’s Strawberry Farm in Broward County.  Perhaps you or one of your neighbors even has a fruit… Read More »

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Two South Florida Men Charged with Funneling PPP Loan Money Through Vast Network of Stolen Identities

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Most of the most well publicized cases of PPP loan fraud fit one of two patterns.  In some cases, the defendant applied for a PPP loan for a company they genuinely owned, but they misrepresented the company’s expenses in order to get a bigger loan, which they used for personal expenses, some of them… Read More »

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West Palm Beach Man Who Once Convinced Patients He Was Florida’s Youngest Doctor Faces New Fraud Charges

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

When journalists from other states cover criminal cases being tried in Florida courts, they often play up the “only in Florida” angle.  They make it sound like “Florida Man” has superhuman powers of deception, extraordinary audacity, and uncanny bad luck.  During the last few months of 2020, news headlines told of Floridians who spent… Read More »

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Coconut Creek PPP Loan Recipient Faces Criminal Charges for Health Care Fraud

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Some of the cases of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fraud sound like they were torn from the tabloid headlines specifically for beefing up the “Florida Man” mythos.  Floridians are known for their ostentation and their chutzpah, but did you hear the one about the guy who bought a $318,000 Lamborghini with PPP loan… Read More »

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The Rise and Fall of Serenity Ranch Recovery: Four Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Related to Operation of Nightmarish Sober Home

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By now, the messiness of the addiction treatment industry in Florida has become legendary.  The Florida shuffle, in which poorly managed sober living homes boot residents out as soon as their insurance companies stop paying, only for the former residents to be scooped up by “druggie buggies” and shuttled to another rehab facility which… Read More »

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Dade City Scrap Metal Business Owner Accused of Buying Pickup Truck and Mercedes with PPP Loan Money

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

They say that the perfect is the enemy of the good, and this has turned out to be the case with the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The federal government offered PPP loans to small businesses in the context of the CARES Act, in order to prevent job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic and… Read More »

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Broward Basketball Coach Faces Federal Charges After Allegedly Using PPP Funds to Pay Nonexistent Employees

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

This past spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic raged and Floridians reacted either with panic or with denial and defiance, it was almost too easy to get approved for a paycheck protection program (PPP) loan.  The PPP guidelines in the CARES Act were meant to make it easy for small business owners to get emergency… Read More »

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NFL Player Accused of Making False Statements to Obtain a $1.2 Million PPP Loan

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Everyone who plays for the National Football League knows that that paychecks can be huge, but they can end abruptly at any time.  One serious injury can end your career, and in an instant, you can go from being one of the most highly paid people in the U.S. to just another person who… Read More »

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Miami Man Wrecks Lamborghini He Allegedly Bought with Fraudulently Obtained PPP Loan

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

When your grandparents used to give you money as a present for the holidays, they probably told you, whether jokingly or in seriousness, “Don’t spend it all in one place.”  A Miami man currently facing criminal charges related to a fraudulently obtained Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan appears to have heeded that advice.  He… Read More »

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