Articles Tagged with Fraud

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Gallardo-Law-Firm-and-Criminal-Defense-Lawyer-Miami-small-300x200Civil asset forfeiture is different from most legal processes, where law enforcement officials seize property they assert has been involved in criminal activity. One need not be involved or charged with a crime in order for his or her property to be seized. In other words, in civil asset forfeiture proceedings, it’s essentially the property that is charged with the crime.

Forfeiture laws have been used historically and are intended to be used as tools to fight organized crime. When targeting criminal organizations whose sheer amount resources make them incredibly difficult to prosecute, having a legal means to seize the assets of these organizations can be helpful in weakening them. In practice, however, civil asset forfeiture laws are not always used in this way.

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https://www.briansilber.com/files/2017/09/David-J.-Miller-240x300.jpegDavid J. Miller of New York was indicted in federal court last week for allegedly stealing $3.6 million from the city of Miami Beach.

Miller, 45, faces 20 counts of bank fraud, one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was arrested in Syracuse, New York on unrelated identity theft charges on May 31. Sources say he is going to be transferred to Florida for his arraignment. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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Janet-Maria-LeGrand-240x300Janet Maria LeGrand of Homestead, Florida was arrested on July 19 after she allegedly created a fake engineering company to trick the city of Homestead into awarding her a $33.3 million construction project.

LeGrand, 47, is being charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud. She was booked into Miami-Dade County Jail and is being held on $50,000 bond. The press did not provide any attorney information.

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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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Frantz-Felisima-300x300Deputy Frantz Felisma of Boynton Beach, Florida was arrested on December 23 for allegedly providing an identity thief with personal information in exchange for $10,000 a month. Felisma, 42, faces charges for conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and access of a computer in furtherance of a fraud. He was ordered held without bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Felisma was named by Kesner Joaseus of Wellington. Joaseus, 47, is an alleged identity thief who pleaded guilty to federal charges in two cases last year after a search warrant sweep of his home turned up personal information of identity theft victims that he reportedly used to fraudulently open bank accounts and lines of credit.

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