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

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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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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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Former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Gets Five Years in Plea Deal for Sober Home Patient Brokering Scheme

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The shady machinations of South Florida’s addiction treatment centers and sober living homes in the second decade of the 21st century have become the stuff of legend.  Tales of “druggy buggies” transporting people on a desperate quest for sobriety from one candy-colored beachfront house-turned-rehab to another have featured in everything from “Florida man” memes… Read More »

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Federal Authorities Have Charged a Florida Doctor in $26 Million Health Care Insurance Fraud Case

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According to reporting from ABC News, Moses degraft-Johnson, a Florida doctor, has been arrested and charged with health care fraud for allegedly billing Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance companies for more than $26 million in phony services. He pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health… Read More »

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Miami Professor Who Wrote Book on Organized Crime Charged With Money Laundering

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On November 18th, 2019, the Miami Herald reported that Bruce Bagley, a University of Miami professor who is nationally known for his work on organized crime, has been arrested on money laundering charges. Recognized as one of the leading experts on money laundering, Mr. Bagley is accused of helping a corrupt foreign national launder… Read More »

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Luxury Car Executive Pleads Guilty in Multi Million Fraud Scheme

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According to reporting from CBS Miami, Shiraaz Sookralli — a former Broward County Porsche salesman — has pled guilty to scamming at least 30 customers out of approximately $3 million. Earlier this year, Mr. Sookralli was arrested by federal agents on several white collar crimes charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering…. Read More »

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Three Miami-Dade County Women Arrested in Relation to Affordable Housing Scam

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According to reporting from The Real Deal, three South Florida women have been arrested on fraud charges in relation to an affordable housing scam. Among other things, the three defendants in this case allegedly made false representations to people throughout the Miami-Dade region — indicating that they were city employees and that they had… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Prosecutors Set to Announce Charges in Massive Insurance Fraud Case

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, several dozen South Florida homeowners and multiple public insurance adjusters are set to be criminally charged in a massive insurance fraud case. The alleged ringleader of the scheme — Barbara Gonzalez of West Miami — has already been arrested and booked into a local jail. In this… Read More »

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White Collar Crimes versus Blue Collar Crimes

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You are probably familiar with the term “white collar crime.” It is often used in contrast with the term “blue collar crime,” a term that is rarely used on its own. So what separates white collar crimes from other types of crime? The term “white collar crime” refers to a specific subset of criminal… Read More »

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What is Racketeering?

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You might be familiar with the term “racketeering,” but not really understand what it means. You have probably heard the term used during discussions about organized crime, either actual or fictional events. Racketeering refers to a range of offenses, such as fraud, murder, and sex crimes. What marks certain cases of these offenses as… Read More »

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The Changing Face of Gang Activity

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According to recent reports, gang activity is changing significantly. What was once dominated by street crimes and drug offenses is now characterized by credit card fraud and Western Union scams. Florida leads the country in identity theft complaints, and law enforcement agents attribute a substantial percentage of these crimes to gang activities. As reported… Read More »

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The Value of Mitigation

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A federal judge in Florida recently sentenced a prominent area accountant to more than six years in prison after she was found guilty of running a tax fraud scheme. According to a report in the Sun Sentinel, the 61-year-old woman was highly esteemed within the area’s Jamaican community, where she offered her services as… Read More »

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