Significant Cases

Notable Federal District Court Trials:

United States v. Roger Rousseau, No. 13-cr-20505-RNS (S.D.Fla. 2015). Represented psychiatrist/medical director of partial hospitalization program (PHP) charged with having conspired with others to commit Medicare fraud and money laundering offenses.

United States v. Steven Steiner, No. 11-cr-20578-KMW (S.D.Fla. 2014). Represented corporate executive charged with numerous securities fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice offenses.

United States v. Jonathan Curshen, No. 11-cr-2013-Goldberg (S.D.Fla. 2013). Represented director of off-shore securities brokerage firm charged with conspiring to commit securities fraud based on alleged pump-and-dump scheme.

United States v. Laura Gutierrez-Acanda, No. 13-cr-20166-MGC (S.D.Fla. 2013). Represented owner of real estate title company charged with conspiring with others to commit bank/mortgage fraud.

United States v. Susan Chi, No. 13-cr-20474-FAM (S.D.Fla. 2014). Represented owner of home health agency charged with conspiring with others to engage in Medicare fraud.

United States v. Javier Manejias, No. 15-cr-20579-JAL (S.D.Fla. 2016). Represented Cuban national charged with having conspired with others to commit immigration marriage fraud.

United States v. John Similien, No. 13-cr-60029- RNS (S.D.Fla. 2015). Represented individual charged with aggravated identity theft and tax fraud offenses.

United States v. Gyasi Denis, No. 15-cr-20936-JAL (S.D.Fla. 2016). Represented individual charged with attempted bank robbery.

United States v. James Elois, No. 10-cr-60077-FAM (S.D.Fla. 2011). Represented individual charged with having conspired with others to commit armed drug-trafficking offenses.

United States v. Jose Mero Rivas, No. 17-cr-10003-KMM (S.D.Fla. 2017). Represented crewman aboard vessel in international waters charged with attempting to smuggle a large amount of cocaine into the United States.

United States v. Wladimir Jaramillo Baque, No. 17-cr-60108-JAC (S.D.Fla. 2017). Represented individual charged with conspiring with others to smuggle a large amount of cocaine on board a vessel in the high seas.

United States v. Jackson Vital, No. 12-cr-20074-UU (S.D.Fla. 2012). Represented individual charged with conspiring with others to commit various drug-trafficking offenses.

United States v. Jerome McKenzie, No. 11-cr-20615-RNS (S.D.Fla. 2012). Represented individual charged with immigration and alien smuggling offenses.

United States v. Maria Aloise, No. 09-cr-20718-AJ (S.D. Fla. 2010). Represented owner of durable medical equipment company charged with Medicare fraud offenses.

United States v. Jose Luis Alonso, No. 99-cr-575-WPD (S.D. Fla. 2000). Represented individual charged with smuggling aliens from Cuba.

United States v. Mauricio Bautista, No. 94-cr-0413-FAM (S.D. Fla. 1995). Represented individual charged in “reverse sting” armed drug-trafficking offense.

United States v. Ruben Campa, No. 98-cr-0721-JAL(S.D.Fla 2000). Represented individual charged with espionage related offenses in trial lasting over six months.

United States v. Zhong Ou Yang, No. 01-643-CR-Highsmith (S.D.Fla. 2002). Represented individual charged with smuggling aliens from China.

United States v. William Dohan, No. 3:00-cr-48/LAC (N.D. Fla. 2005). Represented individual charged with securities fraud and money laundering offenses stemming from alleged international Ponzi scheme.

United States v. James Dougherty, No. 94-cr-00618-DTKH (S.D. Fla. 1995). Represented attorney charged with wire fraud in connection with his representation of Lloyd’s of London.

United States v. Luis Fernandez, No. 98-cr-00066-DMM (S.D. Fla. 1999). Represented individual charged with several drug trafficking offenses stemming from the exchange of drugs for automatic weapons and silencers.

United States v. Jorge Gonzalez, No. 09-cr-20038-ASG (S.D.Fla.) 2010. Represented individual charged with possession of counterfeit credit-card making equipment.

United States v. Rafael Fernandez Garcia, No. 09-Cr-60245-WPD (S.D.Fla. 2010). Represented individual charged in “reverse sting” armed drug-trafficking offense.

United States v. Orlando Gonzelez-Perez, No. 05-cr-20915-DMM (S.D. Fla. 2006). Represented individual charged with various drug-tafficking offenses.

United States v. Oscar Lopez, No. 97-Cr-0418-DMM (S.D.Fla. 1998). Represented individual charged with the unlawful possession and sale of grenades.

United States v. Kevin Mangham, No. 09-cr-20064-SEITZ (S.D. Fla. 2010). Represented individual charged with federal firearms offense.

United States v. Carlos Marcelin, No. 07-cr-20102-Martinez (S.D. Fla. 2007). Represented individual charged with drug-trafficking offense.

United States v. Saado Mohamed Ibrahim Intissar, No. 96-cr-00660-LCN (S.D. Fla. 1998). Represented individual charged with aircraft piracy offense.

United States v. Ron Tobin, No. 04-cr-60006-JLC (D.D.Fla. 2004). Represented individual charged with obstruction of justice.

United States v.Marianela Smith, No. 07-cr-20283-JAL (S.D.Fla 2008). Represented owner of durable medical equipment company charged with Medicare fraud offenses.

United States v. John Taylor, No. 92-cr-0513-KEHOE (S.D. Fla. 1993). Represented dentist charged with the unlawful dispensation of dilaudid.

Other Notable Federal District Court Matters:

United States v. Guillermo and Gabriel Delgado, No. 14-cr-20359-JEM (S.D.Fla. 2015). Obtained favorable resolution in prosecution involving Medicare fraud, money laundering, and drug-distribution offenses.

United States v. Jair Sanchez Hernandez (“Mueblo Fino”), No. 12-cr-20931-KMW (S.D.Fla. 2016). Obtained favorable resolution in prosecution involving individual extradited from Colombia on charges of large-scale drug-trafficking and money laundering.

United States v. Yamile Porro, No. 15-cr-20426-KMW (S.D.Fla. 2016). Obtained favorable outcome for medical doctor charged with having conspired with others to engage in an unlawful Medicare kick-back scheme.

United States v. Smith Desauguste, No. 14-cr-60289-TKH (S.D. Fla. 2015). Obtained favorable outcome for individual charged with aggravated identity theft.

United States v. Dwight Forte, No. 14-cr-20017-KMW (S.D. Fla. 2015). Obtained favorable resolution for individual charged with alleged gang-related drug-trafficking and firearms offenses.

Notable Reported Federal Appeals:

United States v. Oscar Saldarriaga Ochoa, 586 F.3d 875 (11th Cir. 2009). Obtained affirmance of district court’s dismissal of money laundering charges brought against Colombian attorney based on constitutional grounds.

United States v. Campa, 419 F.3d 1219 (11th Cir. 2005). Vacated client’s conviction for espionage-related offenses based on unconstitutionally-impaneled jury; this decision was subsequently vacated an en banc decision of the Court of Appeals. See United States v. Campa, 459 F.3d 1121 (11th Cir. 2006).

United States v. Isabel Canepa, 485 F.3d 1291 (11th Cir. 2007). Vacated client’s conviction on Medicare fraud offenses based on insufficiency of the evidence.

United States v. Francisco Sanchez-Corcino, 85 F.3d 549 (11th Cir. 1996). Vacated client’s conviction for unlawfully dealing in firearms based on incorrect jury instructions.

United States v. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, 363 F.3d 1134 (11th Cir. 2004). Challenged sentencing enhancements in case involving alien smuggling.

United States v. Angel Ortega-Torres, 174 F.3d (11th Cir. 1999). Challenged constitutionality of alien smuggling statute providing for greatly enhanced penalties for repeat offenders.

United States v. Paul Mincey,  Case No. 91-5372 (11th Cir. 1993). Vacated client's sentence following conviction for armed bank robbery.

 

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