Feds Say Florida Cops Filed 215 False Reports In Credit-Reporting Scam

Federal officials say a network of dirty Miami-Dade County police officers and other local cops wrote at least 215 falsified police reports for $200 to $250 a piece – which a local credit repair agency then paid them for, in order to claim their customers were victims of identity theft when they were not.

Prosecutors claim for several years, the agency, ran by Vanessa and Mario Perez, made more than $322,000 by clearing up the blemished credit reports.

Vanessa Perez started working in the credit repair business in 2009 when she incorporated Credit Doctor & Associates and Networth. Later, the woman opened FSM Group and Consolidated Financial Services with her husband Mario.

The false ID theft claims provided the couple’s clients with an official excuse for their bad credit histories so they could get negative items removed from their reports. The Perezes were paid $1,500 by each of their customers for their services.

In turn, the customers could boost their credit scores with reporting agencies in order to obtain credit cards, loans and other financing again.

According to court records, the Perezes obtained the bogus police reports “by paying monetary bribes, directly or indirectly” to the involved officers in the amounts of $200 to $250 for each.

“In addition, they indirectly compensated several complicit police officers who furnished the false reports by repairing the credit of the police officers or a member of the officers’ family,” prosecutor Michael Davis said.

According to a federal indictment, Miami-Dade police officers George Price, 42, and Rafael Duran, 43, have been charged with conspiracy and fraud charges for selling the Perezes many of the falsified criminal reports.

The veteran officers “secretly [used their authority] to enrich [themselves] in exchange for favorable official action,” the indictment says.

Officer Duran, the indictment states, is also accused of writing false reports for himself and a friend before then signing another officer’s name to the documents in order to avoid getting caught.

Two other officers, Richard Muñoz, 45, and Lazaro Fernandez, 40, who worked in the cities of South Miami and Miami, have already pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme. They have each been fired.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, whose office has prosecuted more than a dozen police officers in recent years for running protection rackets, stealing people’s identities and filing false refund claims, said the latest “fraudulent conduct undermines the public’s trust in the integrity of [the] law enforcement community.”

Attorneys for Officer Duran claim he is innocent and was a legitimate victim of ID theft. Attorneys for Officer Price have not made comments.

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  • DeadPigGoodPig

    dishonest pigs? tell me its not so. the only good pig is a dead pig.

  • JC

    Should be interesting to see how this one turns out.

  • JC

    More threats, more paperwork and emails.

  • JCmallcop

    Your “thugs” i mean “brothers in blue” get caught breaking the law (yet again) and that poor use of the human vocabulary is your comment?

    What no copblockers made them break the law because cameras and Merica? No talking down to the people who we the american people pay to uphold the law?

    Be a man and talk trash about those law breakers. Oh you can only talk down to people standing up for there rights. Traitors like you will get it one day soon..

    More free speech and more masterbating to cop porn for you…

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    I really hope the paperwork goes through, then I will have a chance to face my accuser. I don’t think you really want me knowing what you look like.

  • Tic Toc

    it certainly will be interesting. on a side note, have you ever seen what happens when a 13.5 pH base is injected into the cornea? some would say it’s a delightful vision to behold. pun intended

  • steve

    YEAH I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR DEAD BODY MYSELF. FILL THE PAPER WORK OUT ON THAT BITCH.

  • t

    Wait….lying?, you guys should be applauding. Lying is the CBer way

  • JC

    I already know what you look like.

  • JC

    Another threat, more paperwork. By the way, being a pussy and trying to hide behind a “guest” sign in doesn’t help. I already know who you are

  • DeekS

    someone saying they would like to see something or that some thing is better than another are not threats. Why dont you get a life man? If you gave a shit at all about your oath, your position, or protecting people, you would be at your local government, state house, or DC – what ever criminal mafia you belong to, AND START ARRESTING THE REAL CRIMINALS…

  • Alice

    hey JC, go suck a giant cock you asshole.

  • keepitreal

    Yeah, and you have his address, and his criminal record, and you’re a probation officer, and a parole officer, and a former LEO, and a karate expert, and you live in San Diego, and you never called anybody an ignate, and you’re not slappy, etc, etc, etc. How fucking stupid do you think the people here are, slaps? You’re a PROVEN liar, on several different fronts.

  • Alice

    idiot