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Cops took $22 million cash stuffed in buckets from his home. But he won’t lose it all.

The Miami Lakes man found with $22 million in suspected marijuana cash stuffed in orange buckets inside his house pleaded guilty Wednesday — but he won’t be losing all his money to the feds. Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez agreed to let the U.S. government take $18 million of the cash. He’ll get to keep about $4 million, plus his house, his business and five Rolex watches. The 46-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid [...]

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10th Sentence Handed Down In Fla. Health Care Fraud Case

Law360, Miami (July 20, 2017, 9:51 PM EDT) — A federal judge in Miami has sentenced the last of 10 South Florida assisted living facility owners charged last year for conspiring with a local pharmacy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and court records. U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke sentenced Maribel Galvan, 43, of Miami Lakes, on July 12 to one year and one day of imprisonment to be followed by three years [...]

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Man identified as Colombian judge accused in arms-shipment case in Miami

Miguel Horacio Gómez Achicue, identified in Colombian news reports as a judge in Cali, was arraigned in Miami federal court last week and pleaded not guilty in a case involving the shipment of parts for AR-15 rifles. The next step is the trial, which has not been scheduled yet. The case attracted renewed attention after the Colombian news outlet Noticias Caracol identified Gómez Achicue as a labor court judge in Cali, a major Colombian city southwest of Bogotá, the capital. Labor courts [...]

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Miami man who hid $22.6 million cash in Home Depot buckets faces federal charges

The man found with $22.6 million in suspected marijuana cash stuffed in buckets inside his Miami Lakes home wants to start his trial in state court next month. Uncle Sam, however, wants him first. A federal grand jury has indicted Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez on money-laundering charges, prompting a U.S. district court judge last week to order that he be moved from a Miami-Dade county jail to a federal detention center. The decision prompted a legal showdown of sorts on Monday, as his [...]

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$22 million cash hidden in buckets is all legit, defense lawyers say

The Miami Lakes man who had $22.6 million cash stuffed in buckets inside a secret room says the money is all legit — earned from sales of equipment to legal marijuana growers in other states. Lawyers for Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez offered their defense in court as a Miami-Dade judge on Tuesday lowered his bond to $2 million. He remains jailed. “The prosecution of our client amounts to what we think is a war on marijuana and a war on legitimately earned cash,” [...]

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Fla. man faces charges in heist from truck headed for Mass.

A Florida man orchestrated the heist of gold bars worth millions of dollars from a tractor trailer headed to Massachusetts last year by hatching an elaborate plan to force the crew to pull over in North Carolina, authorities said in court papers. The allegations against Adalberto Perez, 46, of Opa Locka, Fla., were made public in papers unsealed Thursday in US District Court in Miami, where he is charged with masterminding the March 2015 robbery in North Carolina, in which [...]

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Cops took $22 million cash stuffed in buckets from his home. But he won’t lose it all.

The Miami Lakes man found with $22 million in suspected marijuana cash stuffed in orange buckets inside his house pleaded guilty Wednesday — but he won’t be losing all his money to the feds. Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez agreed to let the U.S. government take $18 million of the cash. He’ll get to keep about $4 million, plus his house, his business and five Rolex watches. The 46-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid [...]

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Fla. man taped arrest, is charged with obstructing justice

MIAMI – A freelance disc jockey was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice after he recorded a Miami-Dade police officer arresting someone else outside a Cutler Bay, Fla., store, reports CBS Miami. Lazaro Estrada was taken into custody on St. Patrick’s Day after he used his cell phone to record Miami-Dade Officer Michael Valdez arresting Andre Trigiano — the owner of the store where Estrada had been hired to spin records — on outstanding misdemeanor traffic charges, says the [...]

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Man Arrested After Taping Arrest With Cell Phone

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The charge against freelance disc jockey Lazaro Estrada is obstruction of justice. He was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day after using his cell phone to record a video of an arrest at a Southwest Miami-Dade store where he was spinning records for a promotional gig. Miami-Dade Ofc. Michael Valdez arrived at the store to arrest owner Andre Trigiano on outstanding misdemeanor traffic charges. Estrada says he began recording the episode with his iPhone only after the officer [...]

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Woman Facing Aggravated Manslaughter Charge in Son’s Death Held Without Bond

A mother charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of her 11-month-old son was ordered held without bond Saturday. Miami-Dade Judge Andrew Hague ordered Catalina Marista Bruno, 30, held on no bond in connection with a previous case involving her son. She was arrested in November 2012 on child neglect and DUI charges after she was found passed out behind the wheel of her car with the infant in the front seat, records showed. Bruno’s son, Bryan Miguel [...]

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