Safe Wrap of Florida Already Messing Up Lucrative Airport Contract

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The company that won a hotly contested contract at Miami International Airport worth tens of millions of dollars a year is already in the doghouse with MIami-Dade County's Aviation Department. On Tuesday, department director Emilio T. Gonzalez fired off a letter to Radames Villalon, general manager of Safe Wrap of Florida, notifying him that his firm had failed to submit a payment security to Miami-Dade as required by the contract.

Gonzalez warns Villalon that Safe Wrap is already in default of the contract and will lose it if the payment security is not submitted by June 26. Safe Wrap -- which charges travelers to secure their luggage by wrapping it in cellophane -- agreed to pay the county a $9.6 million annual minimum fee or 52 percent of its monthly gross revenues; whichever is greater.

Update: Villalon tells Banana Republican that the aviation department has nothing to fret about, noting Safe Wrap is finalizing a $2.4 million letter of credit with Banc of America to give to the county. He adds his company has also put up a $7.8 million bond. "In a couple of days Banc of America will send the county the letter of credit," Villalon says. "It is not an issue."

Safe Wrap had the contract for nine years until 2010, when it lost to a rival firm. The company came back earlier this year to reclaim its luggage wrapping throne, overcoming a second place finish to TrueStar USA, the county-owned airport's current vendor. Safe Wrap hired a phalanx of high-powered lobbyists -- including Felix Lasarte, Armando Gutierrez, Slyvester Lukis, and Roosevelt Bradley -- to help convince county commissioners to reject Mayor Carlos Gimenez's recommendation to stick with TrueStar, which had offered Miami-Dade 65 percent of its monthly gross revenues.

Despite being ranked ahead of Secure Wrap, commissioners dismissed TrueStar's bid.

A year ago, commissioners reluctantly reduced Sinapsis' minimum payment to the county to $8.7 million from $11.1 million. The company said it could not uphold its commitment in part because competitor Secure Wrap of Miami began wrapping bags at locations outside the airport. Secure Wrap and Safe Bag USA, a subsidiary of Italian firm Safe Bag Italia SRL, joined forces to form the Safe Wrap corporate venture.

Commissioners also cited findings of a county audit completed in December that, among other things, recommended that Sinapsis keep a better paper trail of its sales and provide all of its financial records in English. Some were kept in Italian and Spanish.

The county commission voted 9-2 to go with Safe Wrap and later overturned Gimenez's veto.

Safe Wrap Letter by Francisco Alvarado

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cornfeldbernie
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  1. THE ORIGIN OF THE GENTILE FAMILY FORTUNE: THE BREAKDOWN OF 2 RECENT AIRLINES IN ITALY.

Since 2 months ago, the elder Gentile was CEO and co-owner of 2 airlines in Italy, in strict connection with the Castro regime in Cuba (Gentile is one of the few entrepreneur with an official authorization to land and take off in all the cuban airports). The other shareholder, the famous and glamorous Karim Aga Khan, discovered frauds and briberies put in place by the CEO Gentile. And kicking him off the company.

Where has been hiden the money stolen by the CEO? Well .... the Offshore leaks give us the answer: in a hot and hospitable paradise.

But this is just a part of the story. We are sure that the reality of this dirty tricks involve the Miami Dade Commissioners. That is only the top of the iceberg, and the reality is not very well hiden below.

And we know that ... the climate is going warmer everywhere ... the icebergs are melting.

Back soon.

cornfeldbernie
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  1. WHY THE GENTILE FAMILY DECIDED TO Participate IN THE BIG CORRUPTION IN MIAMI AIRPORT? THE OFFSHORE LEAKS Reveals THE TRUTH.
  2. What's with the Gentile with SafeWrap? Why a family from Rome decides to invest money in the airport of Miami in company with the likes of Ramos and Villalon? Why agree to participate in a tender to 13,000 kilometers away from their home? Many have wondered why.
  3. The answer came recently when ICIJ-The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has begun to spread throughout the world the now famous "Offshore leaks", a database of thousands of data that contain the full names of the tax evaders and money launderers around the planet earth. A global scandal as global corruption and money laundering in the shadow economy is. Offshore leaks scandal has opened investigations in governments across the world, from France to Indonesia, from Pakistan to the United States to Paraguay. Even in Italy. It turned out that the Gentile have tens of millions of dollars hidden in the tax haven of Samoa. An island that is located in the Pacific Ocean but has a peculiarity: one part of the island is autonomous, the other is in the territory of the United States. What better way to clean up and then get the money in our area of the black economy in the form of a bank guarantee? That bank guarantee, look what a coincidence, just the Gentile are committed to provide to Miami airport.

cornfeldbernie
cornfeldbernie

Everything goes according to plan. SafeWrap can return to declare half of the incomes, with lots of greetings to the IRS, they can come back using the boat in Miami-Bahamas route; Rebeca Sosa will finally have a lot of money for his next campaign for mayor of Miami, right up against Jimenez; the commissioner Pepe Diaz will ride serenely his beautiful Mercedes GL 500 full option purchased only two months ago in cash, the commissioner Audrey Edmonson will continue to be in love with the SafeWrap lobbyst Roosevelt Bradley. And the Gentile family?

cornfeldbernie
cornfeldbernie

The public session in which everything happens is a masterpiece of corruption and falsehood, between the public were also present all the numerous family of Ramos and Villalon, as if to intimidate the Commissioners, in the style of Al Capone with his supporters. The team of lobbyists from SafeWrap fielded also the boyfriend of one of the present commissioner, in defiance of decency and transparency of each. Or perhaps to remind the commissioners about the infamous and corruptive pact that a little later will take shape.

The committee chairman, Rebeca Sosa, despite the veto of Mayor Jimenez, who attended the meeting, suddenly and without discussion, decided to vote to award the tender in favour of SafeWrap, despite the result of the same, and against the advice of the technical and financial committee of ' Miami Airport. Some commissioners do not occur and therefore reduce the number of necessary votes in the coup. The girlfriend of the lobbyist SafeWrap, Ms. Emerson, members Bell and especially Pepe Diaz seem to look forward to award the tender to the joint venture between money launderers, SafeWrap USA. Rebeca Sosa, more attentive to his hairstyle than to comply with the law, will also be decided to quickly vote in favor of the obscure entrepreneurs. And so it happens, to the amazement of all impartial observers present and the disbelief of the mayor Jimenez.

cornfeldbernie
cornfeldbernie

 

  1. THE ROLE OF POLITIC IN MIAMI: SECUREWRAP "WRAP" THE MIAMI DADE COMMISSIONERS WITH DIRTY MONEY.

And in 2013 the big one: the tender for the luggage wrapping is rebuilt on the decision of the Commission of Miami Dade, a political body composed of 11 members elected by the citizens of Miami. The tender was won once again by Truestar Group, which obviously offered more than SecureWrap, which is associated with the Italian company of the Gentile family, creating the joint venture "Safe Wrap USA." Just them, the champions of the fight against the Castro regime, which they associate with those who do lucrative business with the regime itself. Here it is a fact that even the jaded eyes of the citizens of Miami had never seen. Despite this further victory by Truestar, despite the assignment of the tender by the technical Commitee airport, despite the mayor Jimenez has countersigned the assignment ..... the Miami Dade Commission meets in a hurry and deliberately decides to reject the victory of Truestar and assign the tender to those who have offered less, ie SafeWrap, then subtracting public money to the community.

cornfeldbernie1
cornfeldbernie1

CUBAN UNDERWORLD COMPANY SECUREWRAP ALLIES WITH AN ITALIAN FAMILY THAT COMES UP IN THE OFFSHORE LEAKS: the role of tax evasion heaven and the Castro ties scandal.

Not satisfied with the infamous level of partners in other airports where they operate, Ramos and Villalon are associated in Miami with an Italian family known to have trafficked with the regime in Cuba and the Castro brothers. Giuseppe and Rudolph Gentile, father and son, they run two airlines named Meridiana and Air Italy, the only company in Europe to be awarded by Fidel Castro license to operate in Cuban airports, violating the embargo of the United States of America. Air Italy, in particular, has been at the center of scandals for having organized and facilitated a sleazy sex tourism from Europe to the Cuban beaches, which emerged also the participation of Italian judges and politicians "guests" of the Gentile family.

cornfeldbernie
cornfeldbernie

SECUREWRAP: THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MONEY LAUNDRY...IN SALSA CUBANA.

The media are beginning to discover that Ramos and Villalon are always associated, for their business in airports, with politics that always are at the center of scandals. It turns out that the airport of Panama SecureWrap has a partner who is none other than the infamous brother of the President of Panama, Martinelli. A recommended guy: implicated in several cases of arms trafficking, appears wherever is money to be recycled in the Central American country. The President is investigated for a long time to have received contributions from the “Drug cartel”.
But Martinelli appear almost as a virgin in comparison to the partner with whom Ramos and Villalon operate at the airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana, Africa. This time the capital of Ghana Securewrap ltd., located in the airport, is splitted 50% with Felix Twumasi-Appiah a Member of Parliament who has been indicted and then arrested for smuggling gold and money laundering abroad. The Accra Circuit Court has recently Discovered that the honorable Twumasi in Miami owns a beautiful mansion with 10 bedrooms and a swimming pool painted with gold color. Will certainly not have needed to turn to a real estate agency .... friends and associates Ramos Villalon will certainly be friendly to do that, at least from the bank office in Bahamas to Miami with their fast boat.

cornfeldbernie
cornfeldbernie

An incredible case of corruption bring the city to the dark eighties, highlighting a network of briberies, tax evasions, criminal economy that expose how the luggage wrapping company SafeWrap has ties with money laundering in Panama and Ghana, with the support of an italian family known for being discovered recently of hiding money from tax evasion and money hiding after years of business with Castro family.

Miami seems to be back to the 80s, when it was represented by television series like "Miami Vice" or sensational books as "Sins of Miami beach", written by a ex-mayor who has seen all the highlighting shades. Globalization has apparently multiplied the numbers of the scandals, and even the most honest of Mayors, Carlos Jimenez,unable to stop the infiltration of black money into the economy of Florida. The most striking case concerns a contract for the service of wrapping luggage at the airport in Miami. For more than 10 years, the lucrative business has been run by Enrique Ramos and Radames Villalon, owners of SecureWrap, 2 dark entrepreneurs linked to the Miami political underworld political. Without ever making a public tender. Coincidence. In 12 years Miami Airport, a public entity then the American taxpayer, grossed only $ 6 million in royalties from SecureWrap. In 2009, after the intervention of the General Inspector Against Fraud, Miami airport finally decide to make a bid of tender. What is won by a company called TrueStar Group, a multinational company present in 20 countries around the world and with the audited financial statements. This wins at the airport by paying $ 11 million ..... a year. That is twice what the previous company paid in 12 years. Since the beginning, the turnover declared by the new concessionaire is more than double of the previous company.
Coincidence? Are the geniuses in the industry .... or were previously hidden and recycling the incomes? And it is here that the mayor Jimenez and the media begin to turn the spotlight on in the sector of the wrapping luggage and Miami Airport. It turns out that Ramos and Villalon "accidentally" have a boat that has, always accidentally, autonomy of the Bahamas island. Clear waters and dark banks: the ideal to hide and launder the incomes of the occult business.

cornfeldbernie
cornfeldbernie

An incredible case of corruption bring the city to the dark eighties, highlighting a network of briberies, tax evasions, criminal economy that expose how the luggage wrapping company SafeWrap has ties with money laundering in Panama and Ghana, with the support of an italian family known for being discovered recently of hiding money from tax evasion and money hiding after years of business with Castro family.

Miami seems to be back to the 80s, when it was represented by television series like "Miami Vice" or sensational books as "Sins of Miami beach", written by a ex-mayor who has seen all the highlighting shades. Globalization has apparently multiplied the numbers of the scandals, and even the most honest of Mayors, Carlos Jimenez,unable to stop the infiltration of black money into the economy of Florida. The most striking case concerns a contract for the service of wrapping luggage at the airport in Miami. For more than 10 years, the lucrative business has been run by Enrique Ramos and Radames Villalon, owners of SecureWrap, 2 dark entrepreneurs linked to the Miami political underworld political. Without ever making a public tender. Coincidence. In 12 years Miami Airport, a public entity then the American taxpayer, grossed only $ 6 million in royalties from SecureWrap. In 2009, after the intervention of the General Inspector Against Fraud, Miami airport finally decide to make a bid of tender. What is won by a company called TrueStar Group, a multinational company present in 20 countries around the world and with the audited financial statements. This wins at the airport by paying $ 11 million ..... a year. That is twice what the previous company paid in 12 years. Since the beginning, the turnover declared by the new concessionaire is more than double of the previous company.
Coincidence? Are the geniuses in the industry .... or were previously hidden and recycling the incomes? And it is here that the mayor Jimenez and the media begin to turn the spotlight on in the sector of the wrapping luggage and Miami Airport. It turns out that Ramos and Villalon "accidentally" have a boat that has, always accidentally, autonomy of the Bahamas island. Clear waters and dark banks: the ideal to hide and launder the incomes of the occult business.

cornfeldbernie
cornfeldbernie

MIAMI AIRPORT: A HUGE MONEY LAUNDERING CASE DISCOVERED BY OFFSHORE LEAKS THAT INVOLVES MIAMI POLITIC, MIAMI ENTREPRENEURS AND AN ITALIAN FAMILY LINKED TO CASTRO’S REGIME

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