Miami Man Added to List of Most Wanted Fugitives List for Medicare Fraud

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Sandy De La Fe was indicted last year for bilking medicare out of $2.8 million. Shortly after he went missing. Authorities believe he may be hiding out in Cuba, but aren't sure.

This week he was added to the Health and Human Service Department Inspector General's most wanted fugitive list. Sure, it's not quite the FBI's version, but you have to rack up some pretty serious healthcare fraud to be included.


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Two Hurricanes Players Arrested for Raping 17-Year-Old

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University of Miami football players Alexander Figueroa, 20, and JaWand Blue, 20, were arrested this morning on charges that they sexually assaulted a juvenile victim on campus on Saturday. According to police, both have admitted to the incident.

They now both face charges of sexual battery on a physically helpless victim, and Figueroa also faces a separate charge of possession of a stolen/fictitious driver's license.

The players, both sophomore linebackers, have been permanently dismissed from the team and barred from campus.

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Venezuelan Caught Smuggling Exotic Fish and Coral in Suitcase at Miami International Airport

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Venezuelans are used to going to great lengths to obtain everyday items. Under the country's late president Hugo Chávez and his socialist party, basic foodstuffs have become scarce. Some Venezuelans wait hours for groceries, while others resort to smuggling items like chicken, flour, and toilet paper across the border from Colombia.

Shortages of rare fish and exotic coral probably can't be blamed on Chávez, however.

Yesterday, Venezuelan national Oscar Cordova-Cobian was charged with smuggling marine wildlife after TSA agents at Miami International Airport found more than 100 specimens of live corals, clams, and fish in his checked luggage.

See also: Art By God Owner Convicted of "Illegal Rhinoceros Trafficking"

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Former Miami High School Football Star Arrested For Punching Texas Tech's Star Women's Basketball Player

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Nigel Bethel II, a former standout at Miami's Booker T. Washington High who went on to be recruited by Texas Tech, found himself behind bars and off the team after punching the school's star women's basketball player.

The incident went down Saturday in the Lubbock, Texas school's rec center. Bethel was playing a game of pickup basketball that involved Amber Battles. The details are unclear, but Bethel ended up hitting Battles so hard that she'll require surgery for a broken bone.

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Clevelander Sex Assault Suspect: "I Did What Any Man Would Have Done"

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Some particularly annoying men love to derail online feminist discussion with the war chant of "Not All Men," to the point that it's been memefied and ridiculed.

What's scary though is the amount of men who try to justify their sexual violence against women by claiming that, well, "yes all men." Eberto Medrano-Ramirez was arrested for and admitted to sexually assaulting a woman a the Clevelander on South Beach this weekend, but tried to defend himself to police by proclaiming, "I had a naked girl next to me and I did what any man would have done."

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Patient Strangled Roommate to Death at Aventura Hospital

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Alexander Thadeus Jackson was admitted to Aventura Hospital around 10 a.m. Thursday. Five hours later, his roommate was dead.

Hospital staff found the victim, Raul Alexander Rios, lifeless on the floor of the room the two were sharing. Jackson was found in the bathroom, taking a shower. According to a witness, he said he "had done something wrong and that he had killed somebody."

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Keys Cops Bust "Rolling Meth Lab" in an Old White Van

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There are some big advantages to hiding your meth lab inside a vehicle. Just ask Walter White. His Breaking Bad crew spent five seasons evading the DEA and local cops in part by cooking crank in a dilapidated mobile home in the New Mexican wilderness.

John Day wasn't quite that creative, but police say the Key West man did rig an old white van into a rolling meth lab that traveled the Keys while brewing speed -- until he got caught this past Saturday.

See also: Breaking Bad Super Fan Contest Winner Arrested for Running Drug Ring

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One Person Possibly Shot at University of Miami During Final Exams Day

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Students at the University of Miami were taking their final exams for the Summer A term today when a shooting disrupted the campus. Not much is known, but apparently a disgruntled girlfriend shot her boyfriend in a School of Communications building.

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Bikini-Clad Tourist Chases Thief After $41,000 Jewelry Snatch at Delano Pool

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A brazen bandit snatched a handbag from a bikini-clad guest at 3 p.m. Friday, June 13, as she lay poolside at the swank Delano hotel, and made off with $41,000 in jewelry.

The victim, 30-year-old Staci Gabrielson from Orangeburg, New York, "began to yell" and then chased the man, who bolted "northbound on the boardwalk," the police report shows, past the Surfcomber Hotel.

Inside Gabrielson's bag: $41,000 in "various pieces of precious jewelry," the report shows, including $300 in cash and an Apple iPad.

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Up to Ten People Shot, Two Killed in Liberty City Mass Shooting

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Police surround the complex where up to a dozen victims were shot last night.
Around 2:30 this morning, gunfire strafed the courtyard of a Liberty City apartment building, wounding up to ten and killing two in the worst instance of mass violence in Miami this year. Police are still sorting through the chaos to determine what happened.

"We have no motive at this time," Miami Police spokeswoman Frederica Burden tells Riptide. "We're interviewing witnesses. We are basically trying to figure out what transpired around 2:30 in the morning to have that many people outside at one time."

Update: Police have identified the two victims killed in the shooting as 29-year-old Kevin Richardson and 26-year-old Nakeri Jackson. Officials now say that seven other people were seriously wounded in the attack.

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