Evelyn Fernandez, a former lieutenant with the Miami-Dade, Florida police department, was arrested for burglary yesterday morning after allegedly she broke into the home of her ex-boyfriend, former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
Gregoire Garcon, a podiatrist and sneaker designer from Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, was arrested last week for allegedly attempting to steal government money. Garcon, 56, purportedly tried to cash over a dozen stolen tax refund checks valued at over $110,000 back in 2013. He is being held without bail.
According to court records, Garcon allegedly tried to cash the checks at the beginning of 2013. He reportedly gave the checks to an associate who agreed to have them cashed in Tampa in exchange for 45% of their monetary value. However, the associate’s Tampa contact turned out to be an undercover agent from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Mike Murgio, a former teacher, principal, and Palm Beach County School Board member, has been arrested for allegedly taking part in a money-laundering scheme involving the digital currency bitcoin. Murgio, 65, faces federal corruption and bribery charges. He was released from custody after paying a $250,000 bond.
According to the case files, Murgio allegedly worked with his 31-year-old son, Anthony Murgio, who was the head of a bitcoin exchange compnay called Coin.mx. Bitcoin is a decentralized and unregulated digital currency that offers users quick money transfers and relative anonymity.
Joseph Meahl, a registered sex offender from Wildwood, Florida, was arrested in a sting operation last Thursday after showing up at Sunrise Hotel in Broward County to allegedly have sex with three young boys. Meahl, 50, was purportedly tricked by two undercover federal agents into thinking he was meeting two dads willing to let him have sex with their three preteen sons.
During his first-appearance court session last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Valle ordered Meahl to be held without bail while his case is pending. As a registered sex offender, Meahl faces charges for committing a felony offense involving a minor and attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. The press did not specify an attorney for Meahl.
Raddy Mercedes Rodriguez-Ruiz of Miami, Florida was arrested on April 19 for allegedly cashing counterfeit checks worth an estimated $26,000 in three different banks last month. She faces counterfeiting and grand theft charges. Records show Rodriguez-Ruiz, 52, is being held in lieu of $36,000 bond. News sources did not specify whether she had sought legal representation.
According to the arrest report, Rodriguez-Ruiz purportedly visited four Wells Fargo branches and one Bank of America branch with the intention of committing fraud between March 1 and March 9. She successfully cashed three forged checks at three of the banks, but was turned away from two of them.