Former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Could Be Indicted Soon
Former Hialeah Mayor and Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Julio Robaina could soon be indicted on charges of tax evasion and loan sharking soon, at least according to Local 10. The former Hialeah kingpin has been under investigation by federal agencies for three years now, and a defense attorney for another man involved in the crimes told Local 10's Bob Norman that he expects charges to come down soon.
"I would anticipate it," defense attorney Alvin Entin told Norman about the possibility of impeding charges. "I don't think the government works as long and as hard as they have on a case ... to watch it go away. That would be very uncharacteristic."
Entin represents Luis Felipe Perez, a Robaina friend who is currently serving ten years in the can on fraud charges.
Perez had plead guilty in 2010 to running a $45 million Ponzi scheme through a jewelry business. He's reportedly cooperating with feds in the hopes of having his sentence reduced.
Robaina allegedly loaned Perez a six figure sum, and was rewarded with a 36 percent interest rate. Entin says he believes that Robaina may have hidden some of that money from the government.
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