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The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing accurate information to the public and media. If you are a member of the working media and would like an interview with the State Attorney, or you need information on a case, would like to talk to a specific assistant state attorney or are looking for an expert in a certain area of prosecution, please contact our public information officers Ed Griffith, Terry Chavez or Lissette Valdes-Valle.

ED GRIFFITH Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

LISSETTE VALDES-VALLE Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

TERRY CHAVEZ Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

Below you'll find recent news releases issued by this office.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Task Force and the Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General, David Alberto Carcache (Carcache), a would-be lobbyist and political consultant, was arrested and charged with:
  • 2 counts     False Swearing           (3rd Degree Felony)
  • 1 count      Aiding, Abetting, or Advising in the Violation of the Election Code      (3rd Degree    Felony)
  • 5 counts     Falsifying Records     (1st Degree Misdemeanor)
Carcache, also known as David Carcache-Guzman and David Guzman, represented himself as a lobbyist/consultant assisting various candidates running for several Miami-Dade Community Council positions during the August 26, 2014, elections.

“A young man’s goal of creating his own business is something we usually encourage,” commented State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “However, Mr. Carcache’s business approach of undermining Miami-Dade’s Community Council system, corrupting our election process, has led to his arrest. The investigation by my Public Corruption Task Force and the Miami-Dade Office of the Inspector General uncovered evidence of numerous fraudulent campaign documents and transactions.  Thanks to their efforts, someone working to taint our election system has been thwarted.”

The investigation began when a resident of Community Council #12 received a letter from the Miami-Dade Department of Elections providing information to new candidates. However, no one at the address was actually running for election. The resident contacted authorities, initiating    an extensive
investigation which identified Carcache and his scheme to solicit and control candidates running for Community Council seats. Having enough politicians beholden to him on various Community Council seats would allow Carcache to effectively sell his (unregistered) lobbying and consulting services. Carcache was undeterred by the fact that some of his candidates were unqualified for election since they did not reside within specified Community Council boundaries.
“‘All politics is local’ a phrase taken to heart by Carcache who sought to manipulate and peddle his influence in our County government.  But for this investigation, there would be three elected officials in office, being controlled by the defendant.  The OIG will continue to provide oversight of the election process and robustly investigate all allegations of election fraud as it pertains to every level of Miami-Dade County government,” stated Mary T. Cagle, Miami-Dade County Inspector General. 
The investigation found that Carcache prepared fraudulent candidate qualifying documents, set up and controlled candidates’ email accounts, and submitted fraudulent campaign treasurer finance reports. At Carcache’s direction, thousands of dollars in campaign expenses were paid in checks or money orders payable to Carcache's sister and mother. Carcache submitted, or caused to be submitted, numerous documents containing false information and falsely sworn documents to the Miami-Dade Elections Department in connection with the campaigns of three Community Council candidates. Two candidates, Mauricio Rodriguez-Varela and Daniel Diaz won their positions to Community Council #11/113 and Community Council #12/123, respectively.  They have resigned as a result of the investigation. The third candidate, Jesus Antonio Salas, withdrew from the race prior to the election.


Thursday, September 3, 2015


Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been selected by The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade for their Mujeres Giving Back 2015 Award in the Talent category.

“I am greatly honored to be recognized by The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade for this amazing award. The Women’s Fund has long recognized that fostering community enrichment starts with recognizing and fostering the good works done locally by individual women. What we give back to our community enriches us all,” commented State Attorney Fernandez Rundle.

This is the second year that The Women’s Fund has selected a group of women to highlight the philanthropic impact of Hispanic women leaders in Miami-Dade County. The candidates are nominated by South Florida residents and selected by an independent judging panel of community leaders. The winners are women who give back to our community through their time, talent or treasure. Mujeres Giving Back recognizes women who have been leaders in leveraging their power and influence to give back to their community.

Founded in 1993, The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade empowers women and girls through advocacy and funding for innovative initiatives that build equality, foster social change and create community partners.
State Attorney Fernandez Rundle and her fellow nominees will be honored at a Recognition Luncheon hosted by The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade on Friday, November 6, 2015, at Jungle Island.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Weston Meat Exporter Arrested - Fake Invoices Used in Import/Export Fraud

As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General’s Office of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 61 year old Weston resident Carlos Hernan Del Valle has been arrested for his alleged role in a scheme to defraud Plus International Bank of Miami and the Export-Import Bank of the United States of $750,000. Mr. Del Valle was arrested by Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies and Special Agents of the Inspector General’s Office of the Export-Import Bank on a Miami-Dade County warrant.

Carlos Hernan Del Valle has been charged with:
  • 1 count      Grand Theft                              1st  Degree Felony
  • 1 count       Organized Fraud                     1st Degree Felony
“Sophisticated white collar crimes appear radically different from burglaries and armed robberies”, commented Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “But they have one thing in common: they are acts undertaken to steal from others; from home owners, from citizens or, in this instance, from our government.  This was a complex crime investigated by dedicated investigators from the Office of the Inspector General for the Export-Import Bank and worked by my prosecutors. I am proud to be a part of such a law enforcement partnership.”

Mr. Del Valle, through his company Lion Trading Corporation, represented that he sold and shipped meat products to nine businesses in the Dominican Republic from November 17, 2011 through January 23, 2012. To facilitate his export business, Mr. Del Valle applied for and received a line of credit totaling $750,000 from the Miami-based Plus International Bank, a lender who specializes in international trade finance.

Based on an investigation, it is alleged that Mr. Del Valle submitted fraudulent sales and shipping documents to Plus International Bank purporting to support exports that never occurred in order to receive the funds. It is believed Mr. Del Valle used the fraudulently obtained funds to pay off earlier loans.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Officer Charged in Search Warrant Jewel Theft

As a result of a joint Miami-Dade County Police Department and Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office investigation, 9 year Miami Dade Police Department Detective Karel Rosario has been arrested and charged with:
  • 1 count       Dealing in Stolen Property      2nd Degree Felony
  • 1 count      Grand Theft                              2nd Degree Felony
After the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed a May 20, 2015 search warrant at the residence of Mrs. Yulia Martinez which resulted in her being taken into Federal custody and bonding out of jail, Yulia Martinez discovered that several pieces of jewelry, including a Cartier watch containing a custom diamond bezel, a gold bracelet with diamonds, Cartier-style “Nail” bracelet, Rolex Daytona watch, a Bulgari ring, Bulgari bracelet, a David Yurman bracelet and several expensive bottles of perfume, were missing from her residence. No receipts were left at the residence specifying the items that were seized during the search warrant, as is the normal police procedure.
On May 27, 2015, Rosario met at the Seybold Jewelry Building with jeweler Mr. Joel Hernandez in an effort to sell a Cartier watch and Cartier style “Nail” bracelet. Mr. Hernandez told Rosario that he was not interested in the purchase. However, Mr. Hernandez posted pictures of the Cartier watch to post on a social site named “WhatsApp” so that others in the jewelry trade could see it and respond if interested. These negotiations were captured on the jewelry store’s video surveillance camera.
Mr. Hernandez was soon contacted by jeweler Joel Vigo who sought to learn who was in possession of the Cartier watch and the Cartier style “Nail” bracelet. Mr. Vigo told Mr. Hernandez that he had sold that specific Cartier watch which contained a diamond bezel and the Cartier style “Nail” bracelet to Yulia Martinez’ husband. Mr. Vigo later contacted Yulia Martinez and advised her of the incident. Yulia Martinez notified a member of the private defense bar because these items were missing after the search of her residence. On June 1, 2015, the attorney contacted the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office (SAO) initiating a criminal investigation.  Thereafter, State Attorney Investigator Supervisors working with the State Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Task Force made contact with Ms. Martinez, Mr. Hernandez, and Mr. Vigo.  All parties were interviewed and Officer Rosario’s identification was verified.

“Good police work always depends on an officer’s honesty and integrity. Honesty and integrity are the core values of every effective police agency,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Detective Rosario’s stealing makes him no different than the thieves he would apprehend. This is a sad day for the law enforcement community.”
“Our integrity is fundamental to the Miami-Dade Police Department maintaining the trust of the community we protect and serve,” stated Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson.  “That integrity, and the need to maintain the absolute trust of the community, requires that whenever one of our officers breaks the law, we hold that officer accountable.”

Monday, June 15, 2015

County Landscape Supervisor Charged in Fuel Theft

As a result of a joint Miami-Dade County Police Department, Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General and Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office investigation, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Employee Siul Delgado was arrested on Thursday June 11, 2015 and charged with one count of Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000.

The investigation started via information from a confidential source in April of 2015 indicating that Delgado was possibly dispensing county gasoline at a private home located at 16988 SW 141 Court, Miami-Dade County.  Further investigation and surveillance indicated a pattern of suspicious gasoline movements utilizing a County-owned pick-up truck containing gas and diesel tanks on its bed.  Normally, such trucks are used to pump fuel into County landscape equipment being used at various sites around Miami-Dade. 
Investigative surveillance revealed a number of fuel fillings, in excess of normal usage, and unexplained movements of the fuel truck to the 16988 SW 141 Court address, followed by the operating sound of the fuel truck pump. Other surveillance showed Delgado adding county fuel to his own private vehicle and also leaving 5 bags of county fertilizer at the same SW 141 Court location.
 “Individuals who feel that they are entitled to use and steal county property have no place in our county workforce,” commented State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.  “A public salary never allows anyone to become a public thief.
 “We value our continuing partnership with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office.  Confidential complaints from honest employees and citizens sent to us enable our agencies to root out those who violate the public’s trust,” said Miami-Dade County Inspector General, Mary T. Cagle. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thef of County Gas for Private Use Leads to Officer's Arrest

Miami (May 18, 2015)  As a result of a joint Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office investigations, 16 year veteran Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Emil Van Lugo was arrested on Friday May 15, 2015.  He is charged with:
  • 1 count    Organized Fraud $20,000 or less     (3rd Degree Felony)
  • 5 counts     Petit Theft      (2nd Degree Misdemeanor)
This investigation arose from concerns that Sergeant Lugo was improperly using his Miami-Dade County access during the period from January 2015 through March 2015.  Not only was Sergeant Lugo fueling his vehicle at a fuel station rarely used by police officers (the 7900 SW 107 Avenue site was primarily utilized by the Solid Waste Department) but the computer records tracing the amounts of fuel consumed appeared to exceed the miles driven.  County gas access is intended to fuel county vehicles, in this case Sergeant Lugo’s official marked police vehicle.

The investigation involved video surveillance of both the county refueling station favored by Sergeant Lugo and at his home.  Surveillance showed gas cans, filled at the county refueling station being used to refuel a private vehicle at his residence.  The bond for this offense was set at $10,000.

“It is a shame that a veteran police officer would go out of his way to steal from Miami-Dade County just to save a few dollars on gasoline,” commented State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.  “A police officer, who would sell his good name and his integrity just to put gas into his wife’s car, tarnishes the reputation of every good officer on the force.  I applaud the actions of the Miami-Dade Police Department to investigate and correct this theft problem.”

“Integrity is the foundation of the Miami-Dade Police Department, and it is imperative that we maintain the community’s trust,” stated Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson.  “Anytime one of our officers tarnishes the badge we will hold them accountable to the law, in order to not jeopardize that trust.”

Friday, May 1, 2015

Senate Passes Revenge Porn Legislation

Miami Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is pleased to announce that the Senate has passed legislation making revenge porn a crime and providing stiff criminal and civil penalties for violators. The bill had previously been passed by the House and now awaits Governor Rick Scott’s signature.
“This significant legislation will strengthen our ability to prosecute the heinous crime that is revenge porn. I am very appreciative of the wonderful collaboration with our stakeholders and legislators, particularly former prosecutor and now State Representative Carlos Trujillo and the efforts of Senator David Simmons and State Representative Tom Goodson who co-sponsored this important bill,” commented State Attorney Fernandez Rundle.
State Attorney Fernandez Rundle worked tirelessly on this legislation with local stakeholders and advocacy groups, including Deborah Baker-Egozi, President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and University of Miami Professor Mary Ann Franks. In Tallahassee, she met with the bill sponsors in both chambers as and worked together to find a common ground between the two bills.
The legislation specifically prohibits the posting of sexually explicit or nude photos of a person to an internet website without that person’s consent with the intent to cause emotional distress. It provides for substantial criminal penalties as well as the ability to pursue civil actions against violators. These actions include injunctive relief, monetary damages and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.