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NUMBER 172 - NOVEMBER 18, 2019

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Last November I detailed how Sean Moy, the president of the City of Miami's general employees union had been promoted from the position of Code Enforcement Inspector to Chief of Code Compliance, the number three job in the department while continuing to serve full-time as the union president.

It was a sleazy bit of business that illustrated how willing the Suarez administration and City Manager Emilio "Colonel Klink" Gonzalez were to doing backroom deals with a union leader with a history of screwing over some of his members and who, after posing with Commissioner "Comemierda" Carollo in the photo above went on to do some of his dirty work when Carollo was looking for ways to nail Little Havana businessman Bill Fuller with code violations.

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THAT'S HOW MUCH SEAN MOY, PRESIDENT OF ASCME LOCAL 1807 IS BEING PAID FOR A CITY JOB HE'S NEVER SPENT A SINGLE DAY DOING

AFSCME union president Sean Moy and former Carollo employee Steven Miro on one of Carollo's tours.

The thing that defines people like Moy is that once they manage to get away with doing nasty shit, they become emboldened to continue doing nasty shit.

In September I revealed that Assistant City Attorney Kevin Jones had written an email revealing that Code Compliance Director Adele Valencia had conspired - and I use that word because no other word adequately explains her actions - with Sean Moy by signing off on a Memorandum of Understanding that had been previously been proposed by Moy on behalf of his union, and was subsequently rejected by the City Attorney's Office.

What disturbed Jones was not only that Director Valencia, on her own, without any authorization from the City Manager had signed off on this MOU, but that after she signed it the union, obviously using city employees working in the Finance Department attempted to use the MOU as a justification to alter the payroll calculations for the employees involved.

In the real world that would constitute at the very least a criminal attempt to defraud.

What is most disturbing about this incident is the way it was handled after Jones made his concerns known.

The way it was handled was, that it wasn't.

No one was reprimanded. There was no investigation of how, and/or by whom the MOU made it's way from Moy's possession to the Finance Department, or who in the Finance Department attempted to illegally recalculate the employee payroll of the employees listed in the MOU.

In short, an illegal MOU, signed by a Department Director that had no authority to sign such a document was used in an effort to illegally alter the payroll calculations for city employees, and the decision by the City Manager was to pretend that none of this happened.

But something did happen.

Sean Moy got a pay raise for a job that he has yet to spend a single day doing, and Adele Valencia continues to demonstrate that she's grossly incompetent, and that if her Daddy wasn't asshole buddies with Colonel Klink - that's how incompetents like her get jobs in the City of Miami -  she'd  be just another mediocre lawyer trolling for clients to represent in Traffic Court.

This is how Miami, Bitches really works!

Sean Moy, President of Local 1907, and Joe Carollo taking a selfy during the campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 18, 2019


Professor Of International Studies Charged In International Money Laundering Scheme

Prof. Bruce Bagley Participated in the International Laundering of over Million Derived from Venezuelan Bribery and Corruption

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) announced the arrest today of BRUCE BAGLEY on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.  BAGLEY allegedly participated in a conspiracy to launder the proceeds of a Venezuelan bribery and corruption scheme into the United States.  BAGLEY will be presented today in federal court in Miami, Florida.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in the Southern District of New York.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Bruce Bagley, a college professor and author of the book Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today, allegedly opened bank accounts for the express purpose of laundering money for corrupt foreign nationals.  Moreover, the funds Bagley was allegedly laundering were the proceeds of bribery and corruption, stolen from the citizens of Venezuela.  Today’s charges of money laundering and conspiracy should serve as an object lesson for Bruce Bagley, who now faces a potential tenure in federal prison.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “Criminals employ a host of methods to launder the proceeds of their crimes, but in order to be successful, they need a way to hide and move their money.  As we allege, Bagley, an American professor, contributed to the success of illegal activity overseas, carried out against the Venezuelan people, by facilitating access to illicitly obtained funds, and profiting from his role in the crime.  About the only lesson to be learned from Professor Bagley today is that involving oneself in public corruption, bribery, and embezzlement schemes is going to lead to an indictment.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment unsealed today[1]:

In or about November 2016, BRUCE BAGLEY, a professor of international studies with publication credits including the book Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today, opened a bank account (“Account-1”) on behalf of a company (“Company-1”) that BAGLEY owned and controlled.  Between in or about November 2016 and in or about November 2017, Account-1 had minimal activity.  In or about November 2017, Account-1 began receiving monthly deposits of hundreds of thousands of dollars from bank accounts located in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (the “Overseas Accounts”).  Each month, BAGLEY would receive a deposit of approximately 00,000 from one of the Overseas Accounts into Account-1.  Thereafter, he would withdraw approximately 90 percent of the funds in the form of a cashier’s check, payable to an account held by another individual (“Individual-1”).  BAGLEY would send the remainder of the funds to his personal account.  BAGLEY and Individual-1 would visit the bank together to complete these transactions.  Between in or about November 2017 and in or about October 2018, Account-1 received approximately .5 million from the Overseas Accounts.

The Overseas Accounts belonged to a Colombian individual (“Individual-2”).  BAGLEY and Individual-1 discussed the fact that they were moving Individual-2’s funds and that the funds represented the proceeds of foreign bribery and embezzlement stolen from the Venezuelan people.  Despite this fact, BAGLEY continued to receive money from accounts belonging to Individual-2, and continued to pass the majority of those funds to Individual-1.  Moreover, BAGLEY entered into sham contracts that purported to justify the transfer of Individual-2’s funds into Account-1.

In or about October 2018, Account-1 was shut down for suspicious activity.  Nevertheless, in or about December 2018, BAGLEY provided Individual-1 with information for a new bank account (“Account-2”) in order to transfer additional money belonging to Individual-2.  On two occasions, BAGLEY received funds into Account-2 after Individual-1 had told BAGLEY that the funds represented the proceeds of bribery and public corruption.  BAGLEY transferred the majority of these funds to Individual-1 but retained approximately 10 percent as a commission for his services.

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BAGLEY, 73, of Coral Gables, Florida, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of money laundering, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of Special Agents from the FBI’s New York Money Laundering Investigation Squad.  

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Thane Rehn and Sheb Swett are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.            

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth below constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP

BRUCE BAGLEY, THE FATHER OF ADELE VALENCIA, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CITY OF MIAMI'S CODE COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT, WHO I ACCUSED TODAY OF PARTICIPATING IN AN ATTEMPTED FRAUD INVOLVING CODE COMPLIANCE EMPLOYEES WAS INDICTED IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK FOR  LAUNDERING $2.5 MILLION THAT ARE ALLEGED TO BE PART OF THE PROCEEDS OF A VENEZUELAN BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION SCHEME.

Somehow, by hook or by crook there has to be a way for South Florida to be made part of the Southern District of New York.

If we had those prosecutors and FBI agents here, they'd be frog marching politicians out of public building on a weekly basis, and it wouldn't take long for the unindicted politicians to have a Come To Jesus moment, and for me to run out of stories of corruption to write about.

In a story first reported by Jerry Iannelli of New Times, the news that Adele Valencia's father was indicted this afternoon for money laundering was just fucking amazing in light of my story this morning about his daughter's antics in signing an illegal Memorandum Of Understanding, that was then used in an attempt to illegally alter the payroll calculations of some of her employees. (See story below.)

Like they say, the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

It's Miami, Bitches.

HERE IS THE PRESS ELEASE ISSUED BY THE US ATTORNEY THAT DETAILS THE INDICTMENT

NUMBER 173 - NOVEMBER 19, 2019

THE CRESPOGRAM TWITTER QUIZ

Today we begin a new feature on the Crespogram, The Crespogram Twitter Quiz.  On a regular basis I will be posting survey questions on my Twitter page that I will repost here, seeking your opinions about issues impacting the City of Miami and South Florida.

If you do not follow me on Twitter, you can respond

I'm doing this both out of curiosity, and to provide you an opportunity to express your opinions on these issues. They questions and answers will be archived on a separate page, and hopefully over time these questions and responses will provide a view of Miami that helps to wake people up.

If you want to vote on this question you can do so here or click on, See al crespo's other tweets.

IN THE WEEK BETWEEN THE ELECTION AND THE RUNOFF TODAY ALEX DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA RECEIVED $339,700.00 IN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM 382 COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS.  IN TOTAL, HE RAISED $1,449,300.00 FROM CONTRIBUTIONS TO HIS CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT AND HIS PAC. WHAT WE WON'T KNOW UNTIL NEXT FEBRUARY IS WHERE THE MONEY WENT THAT HE DIDN'T SPEND ON THE ELECTION. IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE, WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO SOMEONE FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE ELECTIONS COMMISSION BECAUSE ADLP BELIEVES THAT CAMPAIGN DONATIONS LIKE TAXPAYER MONEY ARE HIS TO DO WITH AS HE PLEASES

There is every reason to believe that the very first items that Alex Diaz de la Portilla will purchase for his office is a sign that says, FOR SALE, and a cash register to put on the receptionst's desk so that people who visit understand that he's a straight forward guy when it comes to, "Pay For Play."

In fact, he hasn't been elected yet, and I've already started receiving documents and stories about his extracurricular activities in lining up clients looking looking for favors from the new city commissioner.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm looking forward to Diaz de la Portilla being sworn in because I know that he's going to bring a whole new level of political and financial chicanery to the table, that coupled with the batshit craziness of Commissioner "Comemierda" Carollo and the whiny cowardice of Francis Suarez and Ken Russell are going to make the next couple years really special.

Any game worthy of following comes with a score card that identifies the players, and below is the list of the 382 individuals and companies that gave Diaz de la Portilla all that money last week.

Take some time. look it over, see how many of these folks and companies you know, and then save the report because a dollar to a donut says you'll be able to match some of them up with the stories I will write as they take their turn at playing, Let's Fuck The Taxpayers!

It's another new day in Miami, Bitches!

How special was that?

If true, the Hardemon family - let's not forget "Uncle Roy," whose running again to be a State Representative, and "Uncle Alan," who while barred for life from lobbying the county commission now seems to be trying to slither his way back into the arena - should be treated as political versions of the Mexican wrestlers who perform in Lucha Libre wrestling matchs, and like them, be required to wear masks.

It's too bad that Martin Luther King hadn't been a Prosperity Preacher, because "Auntie Barbara" and "Uncle Billy" would have been proud Deacons and members of the Finance Committee in that church, but he wasn't and so nephew Keon, who I like and even enjoy watching during commission meetings, is saddled with a family that sooner or later could end up involving him in some stupid shit that might very well result in his losing the thing he values most, his Bar License.

This latest deal to help out "Uncle Billy" involves $232,000.00 from money collected from the leases negotiated by the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority (MSEA), and being given to the Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation.

To appreciate how all of all of these deals involve a very small handful of people, Christine King, the Executive Director of this corporation is an attorney, and she is also representing "Uncle Billy" and "Auntie Barbara" in the lawsuit cited above.

(A CRESPOGRAM QUESTION: Does anyone know whether there is a family relationship between all these people? Inquiring minds would like to know?)

Anyhow, the rationale for giving away this money without opening bidding is made possible the same way that a lot of funny money deals get made in the city by first having the city manager claim that with this deal, "competitive negotiating methods and procedures are not practicable or advantageous for the City Of Miami waving the procedures."

Of course they aren't.  More often than not, anytime you see this rationale used to bypass competitive bidding, chances are that it's an insider deal, greased like a pig at a county fair.

Open bidding is never practicable or advantageous when one of the crooks on the city commission has a need for taxpayer money to give to a family member, political pal, deep-pocket donor, or just outright scammer looking for a handout, or for a party, and as I've written about in the past this collection of scammers now on the commission are spending close to $1 million a year on parties and parades, while crying about how broke the city is.

Deciding to quit looking the city's piggy bank however, would defeat the whole concept of Fucking The Taxpayers.

It's Miami, Bitches!

PHOTO OF THE DAY - BRACKETED BY COMMISSIONER "COMEMIERDA" CAROLLO AND HIS WIFE, WHO WILL NOW TREAT HIM LIKE THE GOLDEN CALF UNTIL HE TURNS ON THEM, ALEX DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA BASKS IN THE WELL WISHES OF SUPPORTERS WHILE ALREADY CALCULATING HIS FIRST PAYDAY.  

HEY BOYS AND GIRLS, WHAT TIME IS IT?  IT'S UNCLE BILLY TIME!

AS THANKSGIVING APPROACHES, COMMISSIONER KEON HARDEMON ONCE AGAIN MAKES SURE THE FAMILY WILL GIVE THANKS FOR HAVING A NEPHEW ON THE CITY COMMISSION ABLE TO GET THEM SOME TAXPAYER MONEY TO GO ALONG WITH THEIR TURKEY

At tomorrow's commission meeting Commissioner Keon Hardemon is going to get a double-dip of taxpayer money for him and his family.

First, the item creating taxpayer funded pensions for the Mayor and Commissioners is back up for a vote, and secondly, he's introducing a Resolution that will deliver $232,000.00 to Uncle Billy's non-profit agency, the Martin Luther King Economic Development Agency.

If Uncle Billy Hardemon didn't have his nephew Keon to make sure that his Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation got hundreds of thousands of dollars every year since he's been on the city commission, Uncle Billy would have been in a real pickle, because without taxpayer money from the City of Miami, this self-promoting, self-serving, so-called economic development agency that wraps itself around the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King would go broke. Here are a partial record of their tax returns from 2011 - 2018 collected by Propublica.

Billy Hardemon is married to "Auntie Barbara" Hardemon who as regular Crespogram readers know makes regular appearances on this site whenever a big ticket item that needs a vote and support from her nephew is on the agenda.  

"Auntie Barbara" first gained notoriety back in the day when her name appeared not once, but twice in the Memo-To-Self that then Commissioner Marc Sarnoff wrote alleging the solicitation of bribes by then Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.

The memo claimed she was supposed to receive $50,000 as part of a payoff for Spence-Jones to vote in favor of a condo tower to be built on the Related property next to Mercy Hospital, and another $50,000 for the Crosswinds Project, which like the Mercy Project disappeared after the news of this memo surfaced.

Miami has always been ahead of the curve in having strong Black women exerting power and showing men that they could play the game as good, or better than they could.

"Auntie Barbara" suffered no ill consequences from these accusations, and in fact they seem to have raised her profile and standing in the community because in recent years she's been one of the chosen lobbyists on a handful of the biggest deals requiring approval by the Miami City Commission, including the new Jungle Island Resort, the Rickenbacker Marina Redevelopment RFP, and the David Beckham soccer stadium deal.

In that deal, Jorge Mas paid her $20,000 just to introduce him to her nephew, Keon, because even though he's a billionaire, he was obviously was too stupid or bashful to ask his secretary to call Hardemon's office and arrange for a meeting with the Commissioner, without having to pay "Auntie Barbara."  

Deciding that he needed to demonstrate that his game was as good as his wife's, "Uncle Billy" this year ended up in the news after being accused of trying to shake down a property owner with an offer of  help in getting the city commission to change the billboard/mural ordinance so that the owner could put a mural on the wall of his building facing I-112.

Although the lawsuit was filed as Karenza Apartments LLC v. The City of Miami, 19-4477 CA(31), "Uncle Billy" and "Auntie Barbara" are prominent, if uncooperative participants as the lawsuit moves forward, and as part of a motion to compel them to respond to a Subpoenas Duces Tecum, the following paragraphs caught my eye, as it might yours.

NUMBER 173 - NOVEMBER 20, 2019