Nine more individuals have been criminally charged in the ongoing federal investigation into a $40 million ponzi scheme in Hialeah. The arrests come in the wake of news reports that the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina for alleged loan sharking, mortgage fraud and tax evasion based on his dealings with Luis Felipe Perez, the 38-year-old mastermind behind the scam. Perez, aka "Felipito," is cooperating with authorities, allegedly providing information about Robaina and other supposed white collar criminals in the City of Progress.
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