Ponzi Schemer Who Did Business With Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Pleads Guilty
|Proceeds from a $40 million ponzi scheme were used to buy Lladros just like this one.|
But the feds are recommending he serve sentences for both counts concurrently. Perez, known in Hialeah social circles as "Felipito," will also have to give up his Lladro porcelain figurine collection, which as documented in New Times, are perhaps the most ridiculously expensive tchotchkes money can buy.
When he wasn't spending other people's money on figurines and diamonds, Perez was showering political contributions to several Hialeah politicians including former Mayor Raul Martinez and his successor Julio Robaina. Perez also did business with Robaina's wife, obtaining a $100,000 loan from her at 18 percent annual interest. Perez repaid the debt even though Robaina told El Nuevo Herald earlier this year that his spouse was one of the Ponzi schemers alleged victims.