Mitt Romney Acknowledged His Miami Tax-Evading Pals Before Univision Broadcast

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For a guy who doesn't believe in restoring felons' voting rights, Mitt Romney sure likes to associate with accused criminals when he comes to Miami.

Back in August, Romney held a rally at a popular Coral Gables fruit juice stand owned by convicted coke trafficker Reinaldo Bermudez.

On Wednesday, when Romney waltzed on stage for Univision's "Meet the Candidate" event at the University of Miami, he made sure to say hi to audience members Fausto and Remedios Diaz Oliver, a wealthy Miami couple who were criminally charged with tax evasion and customs fraud by the federal government in 1997.

Lucky for Mittens, Remedios can still cast a ballot for him since she only pled guilty to criminal misdemeanors. In fact, she is playing a prominent role in the GOP candidate's efforts to court Hispanic voters as one of the 13 members of Florida's Juntos Con Romney leadership committee. According to OpenSecrets.org, Remedios has contributed $2,500 to Romney's presidential campaign.

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Remedios Diaz-Oliver
But 15 years ago, a federal indictment charged Remedios, her hubby, a family friend and that friend's ex-husband of evading federal income taxes and dodging custom duties. The quartet owned a food importing business accused of producing phony expenses to hide about $456,000 from the Internal Revenue Service between 1988 and 1993. They also allegedly submitted phony invoices to U.S. Customs to deflate the true value of goods brought into the United States from Spain for $5.3 million to $2.8 million.

The Diaz Olivers, who own Miami-based bottle and container supplier All-American Containers, denied having any interest in the importing business, but the indictment said the couple "participated in the creation, operation and management of Spanish Foods." The feds also claimed the Diaz Olivers owned 24.5 percent of the company through their two children.

In 1999, Remedios pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of accessory after the fact to tax evasion and customs fraud. She avoided going to prison and received three years probation. Fausto, on the other hand, pled to one felony count each of tax evasion and customs fraud.

Her plea deal allowed Remedios to remain actively involved in Republican electioneering efforts. Within days of accepting her plea, she was listed as a member of a host committee for a George W. Bush fundraiser for his 2000 presidential campaign. She was credited with being one of 37 people who each raised about $25,000 for the Texas governor.

Previously:
- Mitt Romney Is Stumping in Miami at Eatery Owned by Convicted Coke Smuggler

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windmichael21
windmichael21

now is a good time to focus on all the rich people in florida who cheat on taxes.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Well how about this? mitt romney is starting to stink, and guess what? You're allowed to take it out with the other Garbage. Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ' "The public sucks. Elect me." Put the blame where it belongs: on the people.”

kickbackattack
kickbackattack

@MiamiNewTimes Give me a break, not any worse than Obama & Michelle's pal Jay-Z the self proclaimed drug dealer who shot his own brother.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 @HarryTheHandyman Does romney really ride in a bus, or is he going the Sarah Palin route – - flying from place to place in comfort and jumping on the bus in the parking lot of the bed & breakfast and then 'exiting' the bus at the event

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