Miami-Dade Cop George Price sentenced to 48 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release
Former Miami-Dade Cop George Price was sentenced to 48 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez, for his participation in a wire fraud scheme, the former Miami-Dade Cop assisted in filing false police reports for several shady credit repair businesses.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and J.D. Patterson, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), made the announcement.
Former Miami-Dade Cop George Price, 42, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.
As I wrote about back in August, the former Miami-Dade Cop and Fatima Ruiz, a/k/a “Fatima Cabana,” 45, both of Miami-Dade, were indicted before Magistrate Judge Andrea M. Simonton over the summer. Price and Ruiz are both charged by indictment with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341, 1343, and 1349, offenses punishable by up to twenty years in prison. A third defendant named in the indictment, Miami-Dade Police Officer Rafael Duran, was previously arrested on April 2, 2015.
According to the mail fraud allegations contained in the indictment handed down several months ago, the Miami-Dade Cop and his cohorts participated in a scheme to provide false police reports to individuals operating credit repair businesses. A co-conspirator would provide Price with identifying information of credit business customers. Price would then create false police reports, using the customers’ identifying information. The police reports would falsely represent that the customers had reported to the Miami-Dade Police Department facts consistent with having been victims of identity theft. Price would cause the false police reports to become official records of the Miami-Dade Police Department. A member of the conspiracy would cause the false police reports created by Price to be transmitted to credit reporting agencies in order to induce the removal of negative items from the credit histories of the alleged victims identified in the false police reports. Price created the false police reports in order to promote the success of the credit businesses and in return would receive payment from his co-conspirators.
The superseding indictment further alleges that while working at the credit businesses, Ruiz would provide funds to a co-conspirator who acted as an intermediary between Miami-Dade Cop Price and the companies. The intermediary in turn would pay former Miami-Dade Cop Price for his participation in the scheme. According to the superseding indictment, Ruiz would also allegedly transmit to the credit reporting agencies letters claiming that customers of the credit businesses had been victims of identity theft. Ruiz would include false police reports to support the claims made in these letters.
The superseding indictment also alleges that Ruiz conducted a similar scheme while operating her own separate credit repair business. According the superseding indictment, Ruiz would try to repair customer credit by sending letters to the credit reporting agencies claiming that her customers had been victims of identity theft. Ruiz would include false police reports created by Price along with the letters.