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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

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

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

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

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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Miami Rapper and Reality TV Star Baby Blue Accused of PPP Loan Fraud

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a provision of the CARES Act passed as an emergency response to the financial disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, quickly disbursed funds to applicants claiming to represent businesses with 500 or fewer employees.  The law contains strict requirements for the expenses for which loan recipients may use the… Read More »

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Fort Myers Construction Contractor Pleads Not Guilty to PPP Loan Fraud After Being Accused of Using Federal Loan Money to Buy Boat

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Business owners using their companies’ money for personal expenses is nothing new.  In fact, sometimes there is a fine line between business expenses and personal luxuries.  The year of the COVID-19 pandemic is, undisputedly, not the time to walk that fine line.  During the pandemic, businesses have been closing at an alarming rate, and… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud for Durable Medical Equipment Scheme

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

You are not the only person who has ever been astounded by the huge numbers on your billing statements from doctors’ offices and hospitals.  The bills are still expensive even after your insurance pays its share, but the amounts billed to insurance companies and Medicare are nothing short of astronomical.  Where does all that… Read More »

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The “Tomb Raider” Fraud Scheme and Its Aftermath: Two Broward County Lawyers Now Face Criminal Charges

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

If in-person socializing ever makes a comeback, see what your guests say if you ask them to name the first South Florida stereotypes that come to mind.  Your guests will probably mention South Florida’s reputation as a retirement destination and the plethora of mansions purchased by people whose eyes are bigger than their wallets. … Read More »

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Margate Man Serving Prison Sentence for Possession of Child Exploitation Images Must Also Pay Restitution to Nine Victims

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In the age of social media, almost everyone has a little fear in the back of their minds that their worst moments will circulate forever on the Internet, never to be lived down.  This fear is enough to make most of us take care to avoid making off-color comments and expletive-filled rants or wearing… Read More »

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Broward County Mortgage Consultant Appeals His Money Laundering Conviction, Claiming That the Scammers Led Him to Believe They Were Legitimate Clients

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Email scams have existed for as long as email has.  It is usually easy to spot the scams.  The sender signs the email with a personal name or a business name, but a Google search for the person or the business does not turn up any relevant results.  The writing style is awkward or… Read More »

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Broward Family Reunites After Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Force Parents to Spend 15 Years in Prison

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have attracted criticism for a variety of years.  First, they are a classic example of how a conviction for a nonviolent crime such as drug possession can effectively ruin someone’s life; when drug crimes carry a mandatory minimum sentence, getting caught with a single dose of drugs can mean that… Read More »

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