Fraud is so prevalent in South Florida that it has even infiltrated the world of higher education. Fourteen former and current Miami Dade College students were arrested today along with three others for their participation in a tax refund scheme that sought to rip off the federal government for $1 ... More >>
Two summers ago, Miami was the stage for one of the strangest FBI sting operations on record. On July 17, 2012, undercover agents set up a clandestine deal in a pricey South Beach hotel room. With hidden cameras recording his every move, an unwitting suspect carefully removed the much-coveted object ... More >>
The FBI has opened an investigation this morning after hackers flooded Internet message boards yesterday with hundreds of nude photos of celebrities, apparently stolen off their cell phones and computers. Among the victims: Ariana Grande, the teeny-bopping star from South Florida. Most of the cele ... More >>
Hugo Chávez could have had his odalisque if it weren't for those damn Nazis. In a rare interview, FBI agents say that they delayed the return of a stolen $4 million Henri Matisse painting to Venezuela because of concerns that the painting had originally been looted by Nazis during World War II. I ... More >>
The bands that last, they're the exceptions to the rule. The Geto Boys are that kind of long-lasting, exceptional group. And after 24 years, they're still going strong and they're headed to Miami this Thursday for a show at Blackbird Ordinary. Widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop crews ... More >>
When Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño and his alleged bagman, lobbyist Jorge Forte, were arrested in early August on federal bribery charges, the FBI alleged the duo also collected referral fees for attempting to recruit other South Florida mayors into their scheme. Those elected officials, whom the ... More >>
Federal agents in Miami played a key role in nabbing two men accused of plotting to finance al-Qaida's battles in Syria and Somalia. Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed and Mohamed Hussein Said pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in Miami federal court Tuesday. They were denied bonds after federal pros ... More >>
The bullet-hole-ridden gray hoodie Trayvon Martin wore on the night of his death could find its way into a museum. At the moment, it's still being held by the FBI as the Department of Justice decides whether or not to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Miami Beach residents are happy, the city is a well-oiled machine and -- despite a string of embarrassments by the police and a mass FBI corruption bust last month -- the majority of city employees do good work. That was City Manager Jorge Gonzalez's upbeat message, at least, to an angry, packed roo ... More >>
In many ways, 2011 was a great one for movies. Some really good films came out this year -- some that broke the mold and swirled genres together in unprecedented ways. Several icons of the movie world made remarkable contributions that should be mentioned at the year's close. On the other hand, y ... More >>
Arthur Balom, an Opa-locka police captain, has been arrested on allegations he helped protect a South Florida drug ring and had knowledge of the murder of a Brinks armed truck guard that happened last year. The arrest was part of an FBI investigation. Three other men, members of the drug ring, were ... More >>
via Miami-Dade CorrectionsJorge Uscamayta was arrested along with more than 20 other baggage handlers yesterday.How's this for a truly bizarre crime connection? Last night, Miami-Dade police announced the arrests of more than 20 curbside baggage handlers at MIA on charges that they'd taken cash b ... More >>
Gov. Charlie Crist's security team is on alert this afternoon after an anti-government group called "Guardians of the free Republics" (sic) sent threatening letters. They aren't just nut-job anti-government extremists -- they're also terrible at capitalizing properly in their propaga ... More >>
Who knew Cubans even liked Puerto Ricans? On Tuesday, boricua reggaetoneros Calle 13 threw a concert in Habana and 200,000 Cubans showed up.from diplo's twitter It was the second major concert by an international star in Cuba in the last year, following August's Juanes show. Singer René Pérez J ... More >>
via FlickrOne of the FBI's longest-known fugitives turned himself into federal law enforcement officers in New York yesterday after hiding in Cuba for more than four decades.Louis Armando Peña Soltren, 66, and two other men hijacked a Pan American flight in November 1968 after entering the cockp ... More >>
The investigation into a cop killing in the '70s leads to a law professor who helped launch Barack Obama's political career.
So, about a year ago some fisher-folk went out shark fishing in Flamingo Bay in the Everglades National Park. The crew of the boat was never heard from again, and now the FBI has arrested a group of men connected to the Governor for what they believe could be politically motivated murder.  ... More >>
Just when you thought the saga of the "Liberty City Seven" was finally over, the five men who actually ended up with convictions are asking for either an acquittal or yet another retrial. The Seas of David group was originally arrested in June 2006 for suspicion that it was plotting with Al-Qaeda ... More >>
The feds say a local man smuggled millions of smokes for terrorists. He's not alone.
The National GOP wants Charlie Crist to run for Senate. [Hill]Ex-FBI agent John Connolly gets 40 years for his role in a mob murder. [Herald]Beware the dreaded lube ring thieves. [CBS4]With the Orange Bowl demolished, where will we have our official Fidel Castro death party? [CBS4]Burger King hired ... More >>
So this Police Officer, Mr. Geovani Nunez, a 13-year veteran of the City of Miami Police Department, thought he was helping some flashy trucking company owner smuggle around things like stolen iPhones and 12 kilograms of cocaine. He used his police car to escort the trucks and was paid a total of $2 ... More >>
Hang on tightly to those Picassos at Basel. Art crime is on the rise.
He hasn't struck lately, but South Florida's fourth serial prostitute killer is likely still on the loose
"Connolly's a scumbag"
Billy Ray takes on another liar: FBI traitor Robert Hanssen
During Miami's cocaine heyday in the Eighties, weird and interesting and scary things happened all over town all the time. Our coke map of Miami is by necessity incomplete, but even selected highlights make the point: Blow knew no neighborhood boundaries.
Everything you didn't know -- and would never have asked -- about the newspaper biz
He stumbled into a group of Muslim extremists with plans to attack America. Then he stumbled into Miami. Today Shaheed Mohamed is nowhere to be found.
Hamas is as close as Ecuador. And they're arguing about American targets.
Live from OJ's front yard, this is Brian Andrews!
Where can terrorists find safe harbor? If you're of the Cuban exile variety, right here.
"Newspaper rewrites paragraph, reveals possible Castro infiltration of U.S. government radio station"
Danny Felton admitted to betraying the public trust when he worked as a Miami cop. Now his apparent misdeeds are forgotten.
Jimmy Sabatino, self-described child of the Mafia, displayed a prodigious talent for confidence games even as a teenager. If he hadn't threatened to kill President Clinton, he'd probably be scamming today.
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Having lost their case against the drug kingpins, federal prosecutors vowed to convict jury foreman Miguel Moya of bribery. Didn't quite work out that way.
A Marked Man
Taped conversations helped convict George Gandelman of money laundering. Now the Miamian tries an unusual appeal: Don't believe everything you hear.