Gangs. Same as always, just with weirder names. A joint effort by the U.S. Attorney Office of South Florida, the Miami Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resulted this week in the arrest of 21 members of a gang known as the Big Money Team. The gang oper ... More >>
Veteran 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft visited Miami for a special report that aired this weekend, looking into the booming trend of identity thieves stealing personal data to scam the government out of tax returns. Instead, after hearing about Miami's oversize role in the fraud, he ended up tackli ... More >>
Eight protesters were arrested at the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building in downtown Miami Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of demonstrators met in downtown Miami across from the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus to peacefully demand an end to police brutality in response to the ongoing unre ... More >>
Twenty immigrants who were trying to pretend they had dry feet were caught red-handed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rounded up the suspects yesterday for posing as Cuban immigrants in order to take advantage of the U.S. amnesty policy. The arrests are part of a growing trend in which imm ... More >>
Enrique Gomez De Molina, the local artist who specializes in surrealist objects assembled from the taxidermied parts of different animals, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for smuggling endangered wildlife. De Molina was first arrested in late November just before Art Basel, and plead gu ... More >>
Vernell Reynolds is a whole different type of corrupt cop. She stands accused of not just embezzling $200,000, but from swiping that money from a charity set up by police officers which she oversaw. The U.S. Department of Justice announced her arrest and indictment today, and claims some of the m ... More >>
Elias Garcia Garcia and Maria Angela Plancarte, both 53-year-old residents of La Feria, Texas, have plead guilty to selling jaguar skins throughout South Florida. Jaguars are of course protected by the Endangered Species Act, and the sale of their pelts is explicitly outlawed.
While serving on the jury of a federal criminal trial, Italo Campagna tried to bribe the defendant's family for $20,000 to convince other jurors to deliver a not guilty verdict and keep the man out of jail. Instead, now Campagna likely faces a jury of his own.
US Attorney General Eric HolderSouth Florida can add another feather to its fraud cap: scummiest Medicare scammers in the U.S.SoFla has long been the anus epicenter of health care fraud (see Rick Scott and Columbia/HCA). So it's no surprise that when prosecutors announced charges today ag ... More >>
More than 50 members of the Colombian "Bandas Criminales" (AKA BACRIM) drug-trafficking organization have been rounded up after a joint operation based out of Miami. It's the biggest bust of the emerging drug-trafficking gang since Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern Di ... More >>
A father and his two sons in South Florida have been arrested and charged with financially supporting the Pakistani Taliban. Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76, the Imam of the Flagler Mosque, was charged with providing "material support" to the terrorist organization by federal prosecutors. His so ... More >>
Cheese smuggling sounds like some sort of weird euphemism, but in this case we really mean that two people in Miami have been arrested for smuggling contaminated cheese into the country. Yuri Izurieta, 41, and Anneri Izurieta, 46, husband and wife, and thier company, Naver Trading, Corp., h ... More >>