A longtime Miami police officer who patrolled the city’s waterways is also accused of running a ponzi scheme, according to feds.
His alleged pitch: Invest in his Costa Rican loan company and expect returns of over 20 percent.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday morning that the pitch was a scam after announcing criminal charges against the man. They claim the money was used only to enrich himself and pay back early investors.
The 41-year-old was arrested Monday after FBI agents learned he was suddenly flying to Costa Rica because of an “emergency.” Agents arrested the cop while he was boarding a flight at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The man is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Miami internal affairs and the FBI said the man operated his alleged Ponzi scheme between 2011 and 2015.
According to a criminal complaint, he offered “low-risk” investments in his company, which he claimed was giving high-interest loans to property owners in Costa Rica. The loan recipients used their properties in the Central American country as collateral, he said.
But feds claim the man just showed phony paperwork that claimed the company had property rights to land in Costa Rica.
Federal prosecutors did not disclose how much the man is suspected of getting through his investment scheme.
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