U.S. Attorney's Office

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    November 18, 2014

    Fourteen Miami Dade College Students Arrested for Tax Fraud

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    FIU's Muslim Students Say They Found a Listening Device in Their Mosque

    The evening was sliding toward midnight, but the students were still hanging out. It was February 9, 2013, and the five members of Florida International University's Muslim Student Association had finished their evening prayers in the room they used daily at the Graham Center, the student union on t ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013
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    July 1, 2011

    Miami Drug Smuggler Pleads Guilty, Has His Plane Taken Away

    Will somebody wake him up for his mugshot please?​A 50-year-old Colombian drug kingpin was fined $1 million and sentenced to 22 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in Miami. And that was the plea deal.Edgar Vellejo-Guarin was indicted in 2001 after Coast Guard officers discovered 4,000 ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    If You Hired a Hooker from Miami Companions Your Name and Sexual Preferences Just Got a Little Less Secret

    ​Miami Companions had become one of the premier suppliers of high-class prostitutes in the country with a client base that allegedly included celebrities and men with high-up government connections. They were busted in July of last year, and a judge just ruled that a list of the names of clients w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Fifteen Members of "Murda Grove Boys" Gang Arrested by FBI

    A handmade t-shirt displaying the group's insignia with guns we found on one possible members MySpace​The Murda Grove Boys are not, as their name would suggest, a horror-core boy band but actually one of Miami-Dade's most violent criminal gangs. CBS4 reports that Miami Gardens police, the FBI and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Update: Tons of Contaminated Cheese Sold in Florida, Texas, California, New York

    Alex Izaguirre​Yesterday I described what might have been the largest cheese bust in history. Eighty-five tons of the stuff, most of it contaminated with staph, was sold to at least 30 people. Today I learned some of the cheese made it out of Miami to Texas, California, and New York. The FDA has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Three Florida Telecom Execs Charged With Bribing Haitian Government

    In 2001, a start-up phone company set up shop in a Miramar office park, looking to corner the market on international calls from Little Haiti to Port-au-Prince.​It was a great business plan in Miami. Unfortunately, according to the feds, the company's execs decided there was only one way to make i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Miami Hacker Indicted In Largest ID Theft Ring In History, 130 Million Cards

    A Miami computer hacker who went by the screen name of "soupnazi" was indicted today in what the feds call the largest identity theft case in history.​Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-old from the Magic City, and two unnamed sidekicks from Russia hacked into the networks of major retail chains includin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Thirty-Six Charged in Huge North Miami Beach Gang Bust

    In the early morning hours of Jan. 8, 2008, in a dark alley off South Glades Drive, a gang member named Andrew James Rolle walked up to a white Ford Taurus and blasted the man inside to death.​The driver was an off-duty Miami detective named James Walker, and his murder helped fuel a joint local a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Feds Charge 41 South Floridians in $40 Million Mortgage Fraud

    Last summer, South Florida sank under a spectacularly burst housing bubble that had been inflated well beyond reason by speculators, absent investors, and more than a few outright criminals.​In June '08, the U.S. Attorney's Office created a task force to track down the last -- the fraudsters who h ... More >>

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Jurors Gone Wild

    The feds slink away from a flubbed Internet pharmacy case.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Military Aircraft Parts to Iran

    It's probably safe to add "shipping military aircraft parts to Iran" to your running list of "Bad Business Plans."Traian Bujduveanu, a Romanian citizen living in Plantation, learned that the hard way, pleading guilty in downtown Miami federal court today of plotting to ship sensitive military parts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008

    Spitzer, Hookers and the Miami Connection

    When you first heard about NY Governor Elliott Spitzer's "involvement" with a prostitution ring, you knew there had to be a Miami connection, didn't ya? Well, naturally, there is: according to a federal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, the Emperor's Club VIP website allege ... More >>

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    May 12, 2005


    Krispy Kreme

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    May 12, 2005


    October 26, 2004

    Miami International Airport

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    High & Mighty

    What do you do when some morons criticize you in a news report? If you're the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the top federal cop, the answer is easy: You blackball the news reporter

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    The Greenpeace Effect

    Environmental advocates claim they just want loggers to play by the rules. But Brazilian mahogany barons, local lumber lords, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Port of Miami all want these tree-huggers stopped

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of August 29, 2002

    One cop would rather resign than compromise his integrity

  • City Life

    May 16, 2002


    Minnie Bishop

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    River of Sleaze

    A top Miami-Dade schools cop is the focus of a probe that recalls the area's biggest police scandal

  • News

    March 4, 1999

    In Pursuit of Willy and Sal, Part Two

    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.

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    In Pursuit of Willy and Sal

    When infamous drug smugglers Falcon and Magluta won the first round, prosecutors vowed revenge. This time it's personal.

  • News

    January 7, 1999

    These Numbers Are Up

    1998 was a great year for corruption. New Times puts a price tag on the year's malfeasance

  • News

    December 10, 1998
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    October 22, 1998
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    October 1, 1998

    Friends in Low Places

    The feds suspect that Tony Martin, Miami native and NFL star, helped his childhood pal launder drug proceeds

  • News

    September 17, 1998

    The Smuggler as Savior

    Juan Garcia Pino was obeying a higher law when he rescued nineteen family members fleeing Cuba. But a more mundane law ruined everything.

  • News

    June 4, 1998
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    May 28, 1998
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    May 21, 1998
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    April 23, 1998

    Our Hero the Drug Dealer

    The feds call Rickey Brownlee one of South Florida's biggest narco-traffickers. His friends and neighbors in Opa-locka call him a valiant victim.

  • News

    January 29, 1998
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    October 30, 1997
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    August 21, 1997

    Witness for the Prosecution

    Bruce Udolf spent seven years arguing public corruption cases for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami. A report from the front lines.

  • News

    November 21, 1996

    Deep Inside the Scandal

    Howard Gary discusses OPERATION GREENPALM, the ambitious corruption investigation rattled by mismanagement and blown apart by astonishing leaks of secret information

  • Articles

    July 11, 1996
  • News

    June 13, 1996

    Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'

    Outgoing U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey has a little farewell soiree, at which everyone remains fully clothed

  • News

    December 7, 1995


    A long-time aide. A few thousand dollars' worth of dubious insurance receipts. A cauldron of allegations. U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey has been . . . scalded

  • News

    September 21, 1995

    The Boulder Boys Must Die

    When federal prosecutors seek the death penalty in drug-related murders, the defendants are almost always black. Why should Miami's first "kingpin" case be any exception?

  • News

    August 3, 1995

    The King Was Shot but Survived

    And now federal proescutors face a daunting challenge: Take down Raul Martinez once and for all

  • News

    July 13, 1995

    Barring Inquiry

    Federal agents probe a local neighborhood's recent vote to install barricades and guardhouses

  • News

    December 29, 1994

    Belly Away From the Bar

    The Florida bar puts a pathetic period on Metro Commissioner James Burke's 1994

  • News

    March 16, 1994

    Mad Dog Bites No More

    In the latest twist to the Bangkok Six orangutan-smuggling case, Matthew Block's flamboyant defense lawyer takes his own life

  • News

    December 1, 1993

    Toxic Runways

    Years of neglect have poisoned the land and contaminated the water under Miami International Airport. Investigators are just now beginning to grasp how bad it is. It's very bad.

  • News

    November 10, 1993

    The Further Adventures of Willy and Sal

    Being thrown in jail was supposed to bring down the curtain on Miami drug lords Willy Falc and Sal Magluta. But there was an encore: Death threats, clandestine cameras, illegal searches, and major security violations.

  • News

    August 5, 1992

    Automatic Transgression

    The penalty for selling an unregistered World War II Sten gun? In this case it might be six months of house arrest, three years of probation, and one $36,000 Turbo Z.

  • News

    April 8, 1992
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    March 11, 1992

    The Rearranging of the Guard

    With Dexter Lehtinen and Diane Cossin out of the U.S. Attorney's Office, the public can look forward to unprecedented openness, right? No comment.

  • News

    October 10, 1990
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