FBI says passenger who rushed cockpit at Miami International Airport in custody

May 25, 2012

Sun Sentinel on May 25, 2012 released the following:

“By Erika Pesantes, Sun Sentinel

An unruly passenger was taken into federal custody following his attempt to rush toward the cockpit of an American Airlines plane after landing at Miami International Airport Friday, the FBI said.

Ryan Snider, 24, of Canada, was arrested after the incident aboard American Airlines flight 320 originating from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

He is not believed to be connected to terrorists and was not on the “no fly list,” the FBI said.

Passenger Malik Cann, who said he was a trained security officer from Bermuda, told WSVN-Ch.7 that he helped restrain Snider.

“I gripped him straight by his arm,” Cann said, “We didn’t allow him to harm anyone. He was screaming, ‘Get me off the plane! Get me off the plane!'”

Snider is facing federal charges including interference with a flight crew. His first appearance in federal court is Tuesday, the FBI said.”

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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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Miami Man Charged With Health Care Fraud; Flees the U.S.

April 25, 2010

Ernesto Angel Montaner, a former resident of Miami-Dade County, has been indicted on health care fraud conspiracy charges under 18 U.S.C. § 1349, as well as multiple counts of health care fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 1347. An information has also been filed against Montaner’s son, and another co-conspirator, Jose Antonio Varona. Both of these individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349.

According to the indictment Montaner and his son along with other conspirators operated multiple physical and occupational therapy (PT/OT) clinics, including Mega Therapy Center, Infinity Therapy, and Miami Dade Medical Group, Inc. The Montaners, together with Varona, also controlled Florida Rehabilitation Clinic.

The Montaners are also accused of making periodic cash kickback payments to patient recruiters, including to an undercover law enforcement officer who posed as a patient recruiter. These patient recruiters provided referrals of Medicare beneficiaries for PT/OT services. The indictment goes on to allege that the Montaners, and Varona paid cash kickbacks to owners of assisted living facilities, home health agencies, and other types of medical facilities. These individuals referred Medicare beneficiaries to Infinity Therapy, Mega Therapy, or Florida Rehabilitation Clinic for PT/OT services.

The indictment alleges that the conspirators paid these kickbacks without consideration of the Medicare beneficiaries’ actual medical condition, and regardless of whether or not the PT/OT services were medically necessary. Furthermore, the indictment accuses the conspirators of concealing certain kickback payments when the Montaners issued checks from Infinity Therapy to JAV Consulting, a corporation owned by defendant Varona, and to other corporations controlled by Varona’s associates. Varona is accused of using the funds to provide illegal cash kickback payments to patient recruiters, as well as to owners of various medical facilities.

Finally, according to the Information filed last week, the conspirators are accused of defrauding the Medicare program in a variety of ways. First, the conspirators are alleged to have submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare on behalf of Infinity Therapy, Mega Therapy, Miami Dade Medical and Florida Rehabilitation Clinic  for services rendered by unlicensed physical and occupational therapists and therapy assistants. Second, the conspirators are accused of submitting false claims to Medicare for services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries who were actually cooperating government witnesses. Third, when a complicit supervising physician working for Montaner passed away from natural causes, the conspirators are alleged to have continued submitting claims to Medicare for services that were overseen by a doctor who was not actually licensed in the U. S. Fourth, there were accusations that the conspirators developed “billing templates” designed to ensure that Medicare was typically billed for at least seventeen PT/OT sessions, regardless of the number of times the Medicare beneficiary actually visited the clinic, or the beneficiaries’ health. As a result of these alleged schemes and others described in the charging documents the conspirators are accused of submitting over $2.5 million of false claims to Medicare.

The United States has filed a notice with the court stating that Montaner fled the United States in or around February 2009. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of 10 years on Count 1 and 10 years on Counts 2-7.

18 U.S.C. § 1347 makes it a crime to knowingly and willfully execute a scheme to defraud any health care benefit program by making false representation in connection with payment of health care benefits.

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