Archive for April, 2014

Convicted Ponzi schemer reveals cash loan deals with Hialeah’s former mayor

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Con man Luis Felipe Perez testified Tuesday that he cooked up his first deal with Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina on a Caribbean cruise in the summer of 2006, while they were traveling with family and friends.

Perez said he pitched Robaina on the idea of investing in his business of buying and selling jewelry, and the mayor agreed to lend him the first of a series of high-interest loans that would eventually total $750,000 #x2014; to be repaid half in checks and half in cash.

#x201C;I sent it to him in cash,#x201D; Perez, now serving a 10-year prison sentence, told jurors in Miami federal court Tuesday. #x201C;We came to an agreement that I would drop off the money.#x201D;

Robaina is standing trial on charges that he did not report Perezs secret cash payments on his income-tax returns #x2014; money that the convicted Ponzi schemer said he or his drivers delivered to a Hialeah power broker#x2019;s home, where Perez said the mayor picked it up every month.

Last year, a federal grand jury indicted Robaina, 49, and his wife, Raiza, 40, on charges of conspiring to evade paying taxes between 2005 and 2010. The main conspiracy charge in the indictment accuses the Robainas of overstating losses on their businesses and understating gains in their personal income, failing to report about $2 million.

On Tuesday, the Robainas#x2019; defense attorney, David Garvin, wasted no time on cross-examination ripping into Perez, portraying him as a liar who swindled about $40 million from investors, including the Robainas, current Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and well-known hairdresser Samy Suarez. Garvin rattled off Perez#x2019;s former fleet of luxury vehicles (Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Mercedes, Cadillac) to dramatize how he blew through the victims#x2019; stolen money.

#x201C;Every bit of that was greed, right?#x201D; Garvin said, accusing Perez of lying repeatedly to investors. Perez replied, #x201C;yes.#x201D;

#x201C;In part, that#x2019;s what you#x2019;re doing right now, isn#x2019;t it?#x201D; Garvin prodded, claiming Perez would say anything for the prosecution to get his prison sentence reduced. #x201C;You#x2019;re selling yourself to the jury right now.#x201D;

#x201C;If that#x2019;s your opinion,#x201D; said Perez, remaining unflappable.

On Tuesday, Perez, the prosecution#x2019;s star witness, said he came to know Robaina more than a decade ago through Rolando Blanco, a now-deceased Hialeah businessman known as the #x201C;godfather#x201D; of the city#x2019;s #x201C;shadow#x201D; banking industry and political world. At the time, Robaina was a rising political star in Hialeah and earning substantial money by converting apartments to condominiums during the real estate boom.

Prosecutors displayed photographs of the two-term mayor in happier times with Rolando Blanco, #x201C;Felipito#x201D; Perez and other friends at Blanco#x2019;s Hialeah home, Perez#x2019;s wedding, and on a trip to Las Vegas and a cruise from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico.

It was on that July 2006 cruise that Perez said he struck his first loan deal with Robaina, borrowing $200,000 at a rate of 36 percent. Perez testified that he wrote up a dozen checks for $6,000 each to pay off the interest for an entire year and sent them to Robaina#x2019;s home. But he said the mayor#x2019;s wife, Raiza, returned them, saying that Perez had paid too much because she thought the terms were for 18 percent.

#x201C;I assumed she was not on the same page with her husband,#x201D; Perez testified before the 12-person jury.

Perez said he called Robaina, and the mayor asked him to repay the $200,000 loan under these terms: $3,000 monthly check payments, at a rate of 18 percent, to be sent to the Robainas#x2019; home; and $3,000 monthly cash payments, at the same rate, to be delivered to the Blanco#x2019;s residence.

#x201C;I didn#x2019;t question it,#x201D; Perez said. #x201C;It was his money.#x201D;

Perez also said Robaina wanted him to stop writing the checks payable to him, and instead make them out to two lending companies set up by the mayor#x2019;s wife. One was called RVR Holdings and the other MR Holdings.

During his testimony, Perez described other loans negotiated by Robaina, including a deal struck during a backyard barbecue at the mayor#x2019;s home. The loan paperwork was prepared by a future Hialeah City Council member Vivian Casals-Mu#xF1;oz, who was a Robaina ally and owned a title company.

Prosecutor Richard Gregorie showed the jury check stubs that Perez turned over to Internal Revenue Service agents, reflecting both check payments and cash withdrawals for Robaina, the Blancos and others who loaned him money at interest rates up to 36 percent.

Said Perez: #x201C;On various occasions, I took the cash myself#x2019;#x201D; to the Blanco residence, where he said Robaina would pick up cash stuffed in envelopes, with his name or initials on them.

On Monday, Roberto Blanco, son of Rolando Blanco, testified that Robaina regularly came by his parents#x2019; home to collect the cash payments from his father or him.

Both Perez and Blanco testified that they dealt very little with Robaina#x2019;s wife, Raiza, who prosecutors described as a #x201C;front#x201D; for the mayor so he could hide his cash income from the IRS.

Garvin, the Robainas#x2019; lawyer, countered that the loans to Perez were for 18 percent and paid by check only to the wife#x2019;s two lending business so the mayor could avoid a conflict of interest. Robaina, however, never disclosed the loan payments on his financial disclosure forms as mayor.

Garvin further challenged Perez about the cash payments dropped off at the Blanco#x2019;s residence, suggesting that Rolando Blanco pocketed the money as a #x201C;finder#x2019;s fee#x201D; for introducing Robaina to him. But Perez said he knew of no such arrangement.

Perez testified that as his Ponzi scheme began to unravel #x2014; he borrowed millions of dollars from newer investors to pay off older ones #x2014; his check payments started bouncing in 2009.

#x201C;No one complained until I stopped paying,#x201D; Perez testified.

In April 2009, Perez, who had an office on Brickell Avenue, wrote a check to himself for $9,000 and withdrew the money from his account at US Century Bank.

Then, Perez said he drove to Robaina#x2019;s home and delivered the cash to him. #x201C;I personally handed it to him,#x201D; Perez testified. #x201C;This was at the end when I ran out of money.#x201D;

The following year, before Robaina would announce his 2011 bid for Miami-Dade County mayor, his wife#x2019;s lending companies sued Perez, demanding he make good on the loans. Perez had already repaid him $600,000 #x2014; all in interest.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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How Can You Get a Loan to Pay Your Business Taxes by April 15?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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Maybe you have had a rough year. Perhaps you were so busy running your business that you simply forgot. It is also possible that you miscalculated how much was due and you dont have enough cash to cover it. Whatever the reason, you now find yourself in need of cash to pay your business taxes.

Are There Options for Funding to Pay Your Business Taxes This Year?

April showers might bring May flowers but April 15 brings the IRS. If you need funding to pay your business taxes, most likely you have to get the money right now. Under normal circumstances, you might be able to wait for a bank loan to be approved, but when it comes to the IRS, that may not be an option.

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If you apply for a traditional bank loan, it could take up to six months before you are officially approved and receive your money, which might be useless if you need money to pay taxes this year. A home equity loan to pay business taxes is also an option, but it is important to remember that if you experience difficulty in keeping up with the payments, you may lose your house and your spouse might be reluctant to cosign.

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Perhaps one of the most important things you should do is to connect with a qualified accountant to prepare your tax documents. The tax laws can be confusing and studies have shown that many businesses miss some of the deductions for which they are eligible. Yes, you have to pay business taxes but you dont have to overpay.

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Posh Pawn (C4): TV Preview

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014



TRADITIONALLY, using a pawnbroker has been a working-class pursuit. Those seeking a few extra quid have pawned everything from rings to watches to relatives. My aunties false teeth have been with a chap in Longton since 1954.

This new series, however, uncovers the rather more odd world of high-end pawnbroking, going behind the scenes with Surrey-based Prestige Pawnbrokers staff and clients.

From a Ferrari to a pound;250,000 diamond necklace and a yellow submarine, Prestige pride themselves on loaning money against anything. Three of the Queens footmen are currently with them as security against a cash loan for Philips new jet-ski.

Clients range from a relative of a former East End cat burglar to film director Ken Russells eccentric fourth wife and a former catwalk model. This week, however, headed by slick former property developer James Constantinou, Prestige is an empire on the move, as the boss dips a toe in the water of the millionaires playground of Marbella.

But will this be a step too far? Possibly not staff are blown away by two jaw-dropping diamond necklaces, owned by two very different clients.

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Why Spend All Your Money On a Wedding

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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I MEAN really, people have been marrying since the beginning of time, my grandfather married at no cost, so you would think the price would be somewhat reasonable. Instead, every year people come up with a new tradition that you must have this and that at your wedding.

Maybe its just me, but it seems like people are spending their life savings for, or run up massive loans to impress others at weddings only because this whole wedding industry is pushing couples into believing that by having the most expensive wedding will make them couples forever, otherwise your wedding will suck.

Just go on Facebook, to your surprise, you will be amused how much people are prepared to pay just to make their wedding, the wedding of the century. Who said you need to spend money to make your wedding a wedding of the century, probably one fool fooling the other but for me I dont buy that bra.

I mean where will you get all that money from, probably from the nearest cash loan, but how can you go to a cash loan just to impress others.

Everyone is trying to outdo the next person. Come on we are not living in Hollywood, this is the Republic of Namibia where your next door neighbour is crying from hunger.

Thats the reason you see one morning you wake up the guy is a director of a massive company and the next morning he is on the streets begging for money for bread.

Sometimes the lack of financial education plays a major role in making this critical decision. I believe our people need financial education on how they should spend their money. The government can send a team around the country to train people on how to spend money as it will not help if people are spending their money like it is going out of fashion.

No wonder we dont have an answer to this so called passion killings, perhaps this might be a contributing factor, why would I spend so much money on a wedding just to find the following year the person is not in love with me anymore.

Buying ridiculously expensive clothing and paying so much for catering all for one night. Why? Is it to show off?

The diamond ring symbolizes how much love the man feels for the woman. So how much money he puts into it, shows how much he loves her. Truly speaking these are all lies my brother, dont ever believe in that crap. But why do people believe this crap? My friend money does not equal love, period.

Its all a big lie and deception. True love needs nothing. So the less you have the more real the love you have between each other. The less expectations you have of each other, the more you can realize that you are actually choosing each other every day. The more material you bring into it, the more expectation exists.

Why bank all your money in the wedding? Why not put it towards buying a home? Why not rather buy lots of cattle for farming, I mean it will contribute to the countrys economy or you can even give some to more unfortunate families and see the smiles you put on their faces.

My very simple advice to my fellow brothers and sisters out there is be very careful where you put your hard earned cash.

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Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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TitleMax Opens Additional Salt Lake City, UT Locations

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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TitleMax, the nation’s largest and fastest growing car title loan company, has recently opened its ninth Salt Lake City, UT location. The title lending company offers individuals with little, no, or even bad credit the opportunity to get a cash loan based on collateral, not credit history. Residents in this area can visit the following stores for all of their instant cash needs.

  • 6271 S. Dixie Drive, W. Jordan, UT 84084 | (801) 955-4377
  • 2070 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, UT 84401 | (801) 394-3103
  • 4163 W. 5415 S., Kearns, UT 84118 | (801) 966-6124
  • 426 W. 500 S., Bountiful, UT 84010 | (801) 335-6997
  • 6630 S. State St., Murray, UT 84107 | (385) 282-4706
  • 1849 W. 12600 S., Riverton, UT 84065 | (801) 256-6666
  • 1140 W. Riverdale Rd., Riverdale, UT 84405 | (801) 393-4462
  • 1701 S. State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84115 | (801) 466-4905
  • 1366 W. 7800 S., W. Jordan, UT 84088 | (801) 255-5744

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

“The teams at our TitleMax locations in Salt Lake City are excited and ready to help the residents obtain the short-term cash loans they need,” said Otto Bielss, Senior Vice President of Operations for TMX Finance. “Expanding our footprint in this area of the country positions us to help even more people with getting the cash they need as quickly as possible.”

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A car title loan is a fast way for credit-challenged individuals to secure the short-term cash they need. To get a TitleMax car title loan in the state of Utah, an individual must have a clear, or lien-free, car title and a government-issued ID. With these items an individual can obtain a loan up to $10,000 while still maintaining the use of their vehicle. No insurance is required and most loans can be processed in as little as 30 minutes.

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TitleMax, a subsidiary of TMX Finance, provides financial products to people without access to traditional credit alternatives. TitleMax has been a trusted consumer lender for over 16 years, helping hundreds of thousands of people in getting cash when they need it. Since its inception in 1998, TitleMax has grown to over 1,375 stores, spanning 16 states and provides car title loans to over 2,500 people each day.

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ATM gives $37000 to homeless man using cash advance feature 53 times

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ATM gives $37,000 to homeless man using cash advance feature 53 times

A homeless man in Portland, Maine, was able to receive $37,000 in cash using a faulty ATM machine that kept spitting out cash advances

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