Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Straw Buyer has been SLAMMED at work!

That's right folks, the Straw Buyer has been so busy at work that we couldn't get around to making an installment on the blog yesterday.  While we're always researching material for the blog 24/7, the actual writing of the blog is done late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, believe it or not our 9 to 5 job has been so hectic lately that we couldn't even find time to attend to our blog!  With that said, you have to wonder, how do those with more than one job manage?  How could you possibly devote your full attention to a 40 hour a week daytime (say 9 to 5) job while having a totally unrelated second career simultaneously?  We've talked about Sgt. Richard Davis from the Miami Dade County Mortgage Fraud Task force earlier this week and learned that not only does Sgt. Davis do brilliant work during the day (remember the attorney David Rodriguez mortgage fraud case?) at the MDPD but he also has successful Real Estate, mortgage, accounting and financial planning businesses as well.  

We're not sure how Sgt Davis can manage to wear all those hats at the same time, perhaps he's just really efficient and manages his time better than we can?  Good for him if that's the case.  In this instance we need a little clarity so we can understand what's going on here and to the surprise of all our readers, we're actually going to get some answers from Detective Jorge Baluja of all people.  As shocking as that may sound, let's go to his deposition from the Bernardo Barrera (remember him?) mortgage fraud case where he answers some questions about how the mortgage fraud task force is set up...

That's simple enough, two squads of five detectives each and a Sergeant that runs each squad, therefore two Sergeants.  Very good.

Ok, great place to start.  Look at that!  That's the Sgt Davis we've been talking about this week!  Wait a minute though, if there were only two squads then why are there three Sergeants?

Ok, for a minute there Detective Baluja lost us, but then he clears it up.  Apparently there's three squads, two of which we know have 5 detectives and two Sergeants each and now this third squad that handles special projects that Detective Baluja tells us is run by Sergeant Davis.  Got it.  So how many people is Sergeant Davis running in his "special project" squad?  Let's see what Jorge tells us...

Oh, ok?  A Sergeant that's running a squad where he's the only member, that is according to Detective Baluja.  We learned earlier that Sgt. Davis was a veteran of the real estate and mortgage industries, maybe he doesn't need to work with anyone, perhaps he's a one man mortgage fraud investigating machine!  Ain't that right Jorge?

Hmmm...  Are we reading that right?  One could infer from Detective Baluja's statements that Sgt. Davis, the leader of the "special project" mortgage fraud task force squad (that consists of only himself) isn't investigating any mortgage fraud cases or possibly doing any work, but before you'd make that inference you'd have to consider the source of the information, Detective Jorge Baluja who isn't exactly the most credible source of information now is he?  If you were to buy Jorge's statements word for word you'd almost conclude that the Sgt was kinda doing nothing on the job, wouldn't you?  Surely that couldn't be the case for someone with as long and distinguished a career with the PD as Sgt Davis now could it?  Nah.

Enough for now, we gotta get to work!


  1. Davis was kicked off the task force in early 2008. You need to research more before going off half cocked.

  2. Go back and watch the Shawshank Redemption, you'll figure it out.