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11-11-16 CampbellJovany Perez of Miami, Florida was arrested last week for allegedly taking a bribe from a woman he accused of using a fake marriage to become a permanent U.S. resident.

Perez, 34, is an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He is being charged with receiving a bribe while a public official. He was released on May 18 on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on June 1. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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Daniel-Kandler-169x300Mark Desimone of Delray Beach, David Remland of Boca Raton, and Daniel Kandler of Boca Raton, were arrested last week for allegedly bribing the owner of a rehab facility with over $150,000 to get his patients to undergo expensive drug screenings at their drug-testing laboratory.

Desimone, 61, Remland, 52, and Kandler, 41, all face charges for patient brokering. It is unclear whether Kandler is still booked, but Remland and Desimone were reportedly being held without bond as of last Thursday. News sources did not name attorneys for the three men.

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Raul-Castellon-252x300Hialeah police officer Raul Castellon was arrested on March 17 for allegedly using a confidential police database to take screen shots of people’s personal IDs, including Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses, and sharing them with Neilin Diaz in exchange for gifts.

Castellon, 38, faces charges for aggravated identity fraud, possession of unauthorized access devices, conspiracy to commit access fraud, and affecting commerce by extortion under color of official right.

He is being held in Miami on $50,000 bond and has reportedly entered a not guilty plea before a federal judge. News sources have not named an attorney for Castellon.

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Vivian-Ortiz-240x300Update: A previous version of this story stated that Monique Price met Ortiz at the property in Miami Beach. This is false and the story has been edited to reflect this change.

Vivian Eudele Ortiz of Miami Beach, Florida is accused of allegedly scamming a total of $16,400 from two women from Ohio and Illinois who wanted to rent a mansion in south Florida that they thought belonged to Ortiz.

Ortiz, 31, was arrested on March 10 and faces charges for participating in an organized scheme to defraud, burglary of an unoccupied structure, and third-degree grand theft. News sources did not name an attorney for Ortiz.

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Jose-Acosta-300x237City of Miami police officer Jose R. Acosta was arrested on March 11 for allegedly robbing people during traffic stops. He faces charges for armed grand theft and armed burglary of conveyance. It is unclear if he has sought legal representation.

According to sources in the Miami Police Department, Acosta, 22, was a rookie cop who joined the department in May 2016. He allegedly stopped drivers for no apparent reason and then ordered them out of their vehicles. The officer then purportedly went into the vehicles hunting for cash. He sent each driver on their way without writing any tickets or informing dispatch.

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