Alvaro Lopez Tardon, Fabiani Krentz, David William Pollack, and Vincente Orlando Cardelle Indicted by a Miami Federal Grand Jury for Conspiracy to Launder Over $26 Million in Drug Proceeds

July 15, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida on July 14, 2011 released the following:

“INTERNATIONAL DRUG MONEY LAUNDERING INDICTMENT UNSEALED

Wifredo Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce today the unsealing of an Indictment charging Alvaro Lopez Tardon of Miami Beach, Fabiani Krentz and David William Pollack of Miami and Artemio Lopez Tardon of Madrid, Spain, with a conspiracy to launder over $26 million in drug proceeds. Vincente Orlando Cardelle of Miami is also charged with bulk cash smuggling. This Indictment is being unsealed in conjunction with the arrests of numerous co-conspirators throughout Spain by the Spanish National Police.

It is alleged that Alvaro Lopez Tardon (Alvaro) and his brother Artemio Lopez Tardon (Artemio), through a network of contacts in Colombia and with the assistance of Alvaro’s right-hand man David William Pollack (Pollack), arranged for the laundering of proceeds from multi-hundred kilogram quantities of cocaine smuggled from Colombia to Spain. Once in Spain, the cocaine was processed and distributed and the drug proceeds collected by other co-conspirators. Artemio, who lives in Spain, would then send Alvaro’s money to the United States either by courier or via wire transfers. Once the money was in Miami, Fabiani Krentz (Krentz) and Pollack would assist Alvaro in laundering the money through the purchase of real estate and exotic automobiles. Conservatively, from 2004 to the present, it is alleged that Alvaro has received over $26,000,000 in drug proceeds from Spain.

On April 12, 2011, Vincente Orlando Cardelle, an associate of Alvaro, was stopped at Miami International Airport, on his way to Madrid, Spain and 21,605 euros believed to be proceeds from the sale of cocaine were seized from him.

The real estate purchased by Alvaro and his associates includes condos at 100 South Point Drive, Miami Beach, FL; 1000 South Point Drive, Miami Beach, FL; 1155 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, FL; and 325 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL.

The exotic automobiles include a Bugatti Veyron, a Ferrari Enzo, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57S, a Bentley Continental GT, an Aston Martin DB9, a Lamborghini Murceliago, a Lamborghini Gallardo, an Audi R8 and other Mercedes-Benz and BMWs.

If convicted, Alvaro, Artemio, Krentz and Pollack each face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. If convicted, Cardelle faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 5 years.

“International money launderers can no longer seek refuge behind jurisdictional barriers. The outstanding cooperation among international law enforcement agencies and governments leaves no place to hide for those who profit from the drug trade,” said United States Attorney Wifredo Ferrer.

“From the beaches of Miami to the shores of Spain, the fight against crime has no boundaries,” said Special Agent in Charge John V. Gillies of the FBI Miami Division. “This is another outstanding example of an international partnership, this time with the Spanish National Police, that disrupted a major drug organization”.

This Indictment is the result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The OCDETF mission is to identify, investigate, and prosecute high level members of drug trafficking enterprises, bringing together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement.

Mr. Ferrer and Mr. Gillies would like to commend the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Coral Gables Police Department, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, the Miami Police Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Miami Gardens Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the North Bay Village Police Department and the Spanish National Police for their assistance with this investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tony Gonzalez and is before Judge Joan A. Lenard.

An Indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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Multiple Defendants Arrested for Allegedly Operating a Prescribtion Drug “Pill Mill”

June 30, 2011

U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia on June 29, 2011 released the following press release:

Owners, Managers, and Doctors at “Atlanta Medical Group” Accused of Illegal Distribution of Hundreds of Thousands of Oxycodone Pills

ATLANTA, GA – JASON COLE VOTROBEK, 27, of Vero Beach Florida; JESSE VIOLANTE, 32, of Vero Beach, Florida; ROLAND RAFAEL CASTELLANOS, 32, of Cartersville, Georgia; TARA ATKINS, 33, of Cartersville, Georgia; and Dr. JAMES CHAPMAN, 61, of Macon, Georgia, were indicted and arrested on federal drug and money laundering charges for their respective roles in operating a so-called “pill mill” pain clinic which served as a front for the illegal distribution of addictive pain killers.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said of today’s arrests, “The abuse of pain medication has become epidemic and now accounts for more deaths in Georgia than all of the traditional illegal drugs combined. As the problems caused by prescription drug abuse become a focus for many of the communities in our district, our drug prosecutors also are focusing on the primary sources of these dangerous drugs in our state.”

John S. Comer, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Atlanta Field Division said, “The dispensing of addictive prescription pain medication under the guise of a doctor’s care, as occurred in this investigation, is not about the good of the community or an individual’s specific health needs; it is about greed and those involved in “pill mill” activity are in fact drug dealers.”

Atlanta IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Reginael McDaniel said, “The indictment of these individuals puts a spotlight on organizations that illegally distribute drugs as well as the exemplary coordination among law enforcement, which leads to breaking up these organizations. Our goal is to stop criminal enterprises that profit from the illegal trade of dangerous narcotics and take away any financial benefit they receive from their criminal activity.”

Atlanta FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin, said, “The FBI, through its Northwest Georgia Criminal Enterprise Safe Streets Task Force, in initiating this investigation in conjunction with the GBI and the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, is pleased with its role in the successful outcome of this case. Through joint efforts such as this, the community in which we serve benefits while sending a clear message to those that would exploit the addictions of others.”

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said, “The Bartow/Cartersville Drug Task Force and all other agencies involved have been working diligently to stop this type of illegal drug activity. We want to send a message that we will not stand for any type of drug dealers in this county. Whether it be prescription drugs, marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, or any other illegal drug, we will exhaust all our law enforcement resources to stop you.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the indictment, and information presented in court: In May 2010, working from information from the FBI/ Northwest Georgia Criminal Enterprise Safe Streets Task Force, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, as well as agents for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), expanded an investigation of “Atlanta Medical Group,” after learning that the clinic, located at 16 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Georgia, was prescribing pain pills outside the bounds of legitimate medical practice.

The investigation revealed that VOTROBEK, VIOLANTE, AND CASTELLANOS financed and operated the clinic. ATKINS served as the office manager. CHAPMAN served as the primary doctor. The indictment charges that in their respective capacities, they worked to procure and distribute Oxycodone pills to addicts and illegitimate distributors. The clinic’s doctor was directed by the owners and managers to see as many patients as possible, in order to generate substantial profits through the sale of pills, which were largely dispensed on site. CHAPMAN allegedly did so, however, without conducting sufficient medical examinations. The indictment alleges that at on least one occasion, ATKINS facilitated the filling of prescriptions when the doctor was unable to do so himself. In addition, the amounts of pills distributed to patients were excessive, and with unusual dosage patterns.

The indictment charges that the clinic was really a drug distribution operation with an extremely high volume of patients visiting from surrounding states. Many of those visiting had apparent signs of being addicts. The clinic allegedly engaged in unusual practices, including permitting non-medical staff to assist with medical procedures, including taking blood pressure, to maximize the number of patients to be seen. The defendants allegedly made millions of dollars during the clinic’s approximately one year of operation. The indictment charges that the defendants established multiple bank accounts, many in third-party names, to conceal the windfall profits.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. This case was initiated by the FBI/ Northwest Georgia Criminal Enterprise Safe Streets Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorneys G. Scott Hulsey and Cassandra Schansman prosecuted the case.”

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