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Miami couple skimmed millions. An exclusive airport lounge was operationís HQ.
Miami Herald ^ | February 27, 2018 | Tarpley Hitt

Posted on 02/28/2018 6:01:37 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

A married couple last week admitted to using the lounge in an operation that stole millions of dollars, using shadow bank accounts to loot funds intended for Miami-Dade’s Aviation Department. Former Club America account manager Elena Iglesias, and her contractor husband, Lazaro Iglesias, pleaded guilty to organized fraud, grand theft, and two counts of money laundering. After they surrender next month, they’ll each serve three years in prison and have to pay $2.6 million in restitution. Once out, they’ll be placed on 10 years of probation.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article202385959.html#storylink=cpy


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: airport; florida; mia; miami; moneylaundering
"or investigations of former Trump campaign aides..." Remarkable.
1 posted on 02/28/2018 6:01:37 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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After they surrender next month, they’ll each serve three years in prison and have to pay $2.6 million in restitution. Once out, they’ll be placed on 10 years of probation.

I wonder (1) whether this couple that can afford to repay $2.6M will want to surrender, and (2) how much of the stolen money they get to keep even if they pay that fine.

2 posted on 02/28/2018 6:04:18 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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So who was doing the audits of the Airport Authority? Do you think a special audit might be in order? Who knows what else might turn up if it was looked at by anyone who actually cared about the situation.


3 posted on 02/28/2018 6:15:40 AM PST by fightu4it (conquest by immigration and subversion spells the end of US.)
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To: fightu4it

I am not sure of the specifics in relation to your question; however, I do recall another scheme at MIA in recent years.

https://www.local10.com/news/crime/mia-terminal-maintenance-director-charged-in-5-million-fraud-kickback-scheme

MIAMI - The director of Miami International Airport’s Terminal Maintenance Division has been charged in a $5 million airport fraud and kickback scheme.

Court documents show that Ivan Valdes, 46, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of bribery, bid tampering, official misconduct and money laundering.

According to a federal complaint, Valdes used his position from 2010 to 2015 to manipulate the bid process for light fixture vendors hoping to provide services at MIA.


4 posted on 02/28/2018 6:19:03 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("Silence is violence.")
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To: Pollster1

Creative was to steal.

The victims will leave within a couple of hours and be dispersed all over the planet.

<>Seems like there is a banker in this deal who should also get jerked up short and be exposed. Color me cynical.


5 posted on 02/28/2018 6:22:24 AM PST by ptsal ( Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - M. Twain)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Of course there’s a gratuitous dig at “Trump aides,” which is wholly irrelevant to this article.


6 posted on 02/28/2018 6:23:41 AM PST by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Oh, yeah. They had to work that in there, even on a totally unrelated story.


7 posted on 02/28/2018 6:40:54 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Illegals?


8 posted on 02/28/2018 6:44:16 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Have an A-1 day.)
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South Florida is the Silicon Valley of criminal schemes.


9 posted on 02/28/2018 6:50:37 AM PST by Moonman62 (Make America Great Again!)
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South Florida is the Silicon Valley of criminal schemes

The mafia run Port Everglades.

10 posted on 02/28/2018 6:52:45 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hmm, I do not see that quote in the article.


11 posted on 02/28/2018 7:07:18 AM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of a son with Down Syndrome and fighting to keep him off Obama's death panels.)
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It is near the middle of the article:

While money laundering can take many forms — usually the vague-sounding stuff of TV crime dramas or investigations of former Trump campaign aides — the lounge scam was straightforward.


12 posted on 02/28/2018 7:35:26 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("Silence is violence.")
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To: New Perspective
Hmm, I do not see that quote in the article.


It's there - from the link in the OP -

While money laundering can take many forms — usually the vague-sounding stuff of TV crime dramas or investigations of former Trump campaign aides — the lounge scam was straightforward.

13 posted on 02/28/2018 7:43:47 AM PST by az_gila
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To: Pollster1
"I wonder (1) whether this couple that can afford to repay $2.6M will want to surrender, and (2) how much of the stolen money they get to keep even if they pay that fine. "

So.... the get to keep the $23 million they have hidden?

14 posted on 02/28/2018 9:36:03 AM PST by blam
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If you steal $100, you’re in trouble. If you steal, $100M, you seem to do just fine under the unfortunate system that is supposed to protect us from criminals.


15 posted on 02/28/2018 10:12:33 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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