Three South Florida Defendants Charged in $10 Million Government Fraud Involving Six Miami Low-Income Housing Developments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Nadine Gurley, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG), and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announced the filing of charges against three defendants in a joint investigation of individuals who fraudulently obtained federal money and property in connection with the construction of low-income housing developments in Miami-Dade County.
Gonzalo DeRamon, 51, of Coral Gables, a co-founder of Biscayne Housing Group, Inc. (“BHG”), an affordable housing developer in Miami, Florida, was charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of government money (18 U.S.C. § 641), one count of theft of government money (18 U.S.C. § 641), one count of money laundering (18 U.S.C. § 1957), and one count of obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. § 1519). These charges together carry a maximum potential sentence of forty-five years…
Marta Rivera Metelko
Director, Public Affairs
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development