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Public Corruption

Bruce’s observations on some of the most recent, disgraceful conduct of Trump and Barr, and of the heroism of some of our career public servants in reaction to that conduct, from the perspective of one who served as a DOJ prosecutor for eleven years during the Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton administrations.

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

For whatever it may be worth, here are some observations on some of the most recent, disgraceful conduct of Trump and Barr, and of the heroism of some of our career public servants in reaction to that conduct, from the perspective of one who served as a DOJ prosecutor for eleven years during the… Read More »

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North Miami Beach Mayor Quits Office, Gets House Arrest in Campaign Finance Case

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Under investigation for the past two years, the mayor of North Miami Beach on Tuesday agreed to resign from office and accept house arrest as part of a plea deal for violating state-campaign finance laws. George Vallejo accepted the deal, which was negotiated in advance of his being charged with two first-degree misdemeanors by… Read More »

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Venezuela Court-in-Exile calls for Maduro Trial on Corruption Charges

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Venezuela’s Supreme Court in exile on Monday asked their country’s armed forces and Interpol to detain President Nicolás Maduro, saying there was probable cause to put him on trial for corruption and other crimes. Speaking from Colombia’s capital, the court — which isn’t considered legitimate by the administration in Venezuela — said Maduro had… Read More »

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FIFA Convictions A Shot Across Bow Of Sports Corruption

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

After U.S. prosecutors last month secured convictions of two former South American soccer officials in the first trial from the U.S. FIFA corruption probe, others in soccer and other international sports organizations should be wary of potential further U.S.-led probes into an industry rife with corruption allegations. Late last month, a federal jury in… Read More »

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Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca Raided by Organized Crime Prosecutors

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

PANAMA CITY — Organized crime prosecutors raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm Tuesday looking for evidence of money laundering and financing terrorism following a leak of documents about tax havens it set up for wealthy international clients. Soon after news reports based on a trove of documents from the firm began… Read More »

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Panama Papers: Miami Beach fraudsters hid loot in offshore companies

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Among the many questionable customers of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were a Miami Beach father and son convicted of a $49 million tax fraud in 2011.  Mauricio Cohen Assor, 82, and Leon Cohen-Levy, 51, hid a Miami Beach mansion, a Fisher Island condo, bank accounts, luxury cars and even a helicopter from the… Read More »

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Secret Shell Game: A global investigation of offshore companies

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

The Miami Herald spent months investigating how people accused of wrongdoing abroad used offshore shell companies to buy South Florida real estate.  “Secret Shell Game” was based on an analysis of 11.5 million secret files from inside Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm. For decades, the world’s wealthiest and most politically connected people have asked… Read More »

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Brazil’s former top judge hid price he paid for Miami condo

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

When Brazilian news outlets found out then-Supreme Court chief justice Joaquim Barbosa had bought a Brickell condo in 2012, they asked the well-respected jurist how much he paid. Barbosa refused to say.  The problem? In Florida, real-estate sales are public.  But not Barbosa’s. Miami-Dade County property records seemed to suggest the 61-year-old paid a big,… Read More »

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How secret offshore money helps fuel Miami’s luxury real-estate boom

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

At the end of 2011, a company called Isaias 21 Property paid nearly $3 million — in cash — for an oceanfront Bal Harbour condo.  But it wasn’t clear who really owned the three-bedroom unit at the newly built St. Regis, an ultra-luxury high-rise that pampers residents with 24-hour room service and a private… Read More »

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Investigation Unveils Corrupt Buyers in Miami’s ‘Secret Shell Game’

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

A look at the eye-opening report from the Miami Herald The Miami Herald, in conjunction with 100 global news partners, published a new series based on 11.5 million secret files leaked from inside Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposing the “Secret Shell Game” in South Florida’s luxury real-estate world.The year-long investigation exposed many of… Read More »

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