Thursday, June 16, 2011

The anatomy of a rat, a little known fact about defendant Rene Rodriguez, Jr.

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It's an age old scam, a group of people get caught committing a crime which then triggers a race to the prosecutors office to see who can cut a deal first to save their own ass by selling out their co-conspirators.  Sometimes people are forced to cut these kind of deals because they don't have the money to defend themselves or worse when the mountain of evidence before them is insurmountable and there's no sense in going to trial.  In these cases the only way out may be to cut a deal and give the government whatever they need to bury the other defendants.  Not exactly the honorable thing to do but whatever.


There's another reason to turn on your cohorts and cooperate with the government.  What if you're a seasoned career criminal who knows that they can get out of just about any crime and be back on the street to commit more crime by simply cooperating with law enforcement and prosecutors?  Wouldn't that give you an air of infallibility and the license to do just about anything you wanted?  Think about it, forge some documents?  Fuck it, I'll cut a deal.  Fabricate fake tax returns?  Fuck it, I'll cut a deal.  Scam customers and rape them with exorbitant fees?  Fuck it, I'll cut a deal.  Screw banks out of millions of dollars?  Fuck it, I'll cut a deal.  As long as there's a bigger fish than you in your group, you'll be good to go.

Now, coming back to the Plantation Cop's mortgage fraud scheme, the two most important cooperating witnesses for the government till now have been the two mortgage brokers, Rene Rodriguez, Jr and Matt Gulla.  From what we've been able to find, these two mortgage brokers were at the very epicenter of hundreds if not thousands of mortgage frauds as well as the ones that were included in the Plantation Cops federal mortgage fraud indictment.  Who knows exactly what their reasons were, but they were the first ones to run to the government to cut a deal and cooperate against the remaining co-defendants.  Like we said earlier, nothing strange about this, standard operating procedure for people caught committing a crime that are trying to find the easiest way out.  

While the indictment against the Plantation Cop's was filed in mid 2010, it seems like Rene Rodriguez and Matt Gulla were racing to the prosecutors office to cut a deal as early as late 2008/early 2009.  No big deal right?  While going through the voluminous files that are part of this case, I came across an interesting bit of information over the weekend, it turns out that during the peak of the real estate boom, around 2005, the same time frame that the homes that were included in the federal indictment were bought and sold, Mr. Rodriguez was cooperating with the government on another case!  Think about that for a moment.  How do you think Mr. Rodriguez's business partners, friends and clients would have behaved if they knew that he was a cooperating witness on another case?  Remember that air of infallibility we spoke of?  Do you think Mr. Rodriguez's judgement may have been impaired when he was forging all those mortgage docs, creating all that bogus paperwork, raping banks out of millions of dollars all the while knowing that if the shit hit the fan he had a get out of jail free card in his pocket?  From the opening statements...
In furtherance of his cooperation, am I able to go into that, he learned from an early stage, once his hand is caught in the cookie jar, how to get it out nice and clean? He learned once he gets caught, instead of accepting responsibility and does what he does, he plays the cooperation game so he could get back on the streets into his nefarious activities.
What's really disturbing about Mr. Rodriguez and his previous history of cooperation is that for some reason or another, the judge doesn't want the jury to hear about it!  Anyone have an angle on this?  We'll discuss Mr. Rodriguez's cooperation further tomorrow.

10 comments:

  1. Why shouldn't the jury know the guy is a professional rat that probably set up the rest of the guys?

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  2. He was smart enough to know that if he lied about the cops the prosecution would immediately bite.... his dad knew that too!

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  3. Innocent people have been convicted! This is a nightmare...

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  4. Think about how much money this guy collected over the last ten years, all the while bringing in innocent people, doctoring their loan apps knowing that when the shit hit the fan that he could turn around and sell them out to save his own hide. This is the way our system works?

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  5. The people he did these loans for are not innocent people nor innocent victims...they knew what was being done and CHOSE to turn a blind eye or to just go along with it. People don't just happen to use a mortgage broker that puts through bad loans, they know they're going to him BECAUSE he puts through bad loans. Greed is what led them to Rene Rodriguez.

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  6. Last post......really, so every person/loan that he forged documents on new about it.....that would be hundreds/thousands of loans by his own admission. Bad theory!

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  7. Bullshit. If the borrowers knew about the fraud, why did the brokers need to doctor the paperwork and forge the borrowers signatures? If they were in on it, why not have them execute the bogus docs? Your argument is invalid.

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  8. I think everyone here is forgetting that Rene WILL serve time under the agreement. More so then anyone else involved.

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  9. Ok Rene WILL serve time and he should... There is not enough evidence in this case to persecute the cops. There us speculation and the words of two rats trying to cut a deal. I've asked this several times... Why only the cops? Why not rene or matts family members? Why was this whole case called" Operation Copout" in 2008, when the officers were never even interviewed yet??? Let's call a spade a spade... The Feds want to blame the borrowers so they can take the attention off of the banks screwups!! The Feds may be afraid that if they don't go after the borrowers they mat sue the banks and be out millions!! Screw the money!!! Freedom is precious and is being used so carelessly... Many people are hurting, wives, children, and mothers. Drop this case!! Do the right thing!! The feeling of righteousness will feel amazing :)

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  10. Did you see Rene's deal he'll be out of jail in 2 years and be back at it again. Plus since he plead guilty over a year ago he is still free out on the streets. Here's a thought why lie on 100's of loans for 100's of different people because he can and the banks wanted him to. They wanted the loan and the money just as much as he did. If the goverment really wanted to do their job look at all the loans he did in the last 10 years and put him away for 50 years. but 1 mortage broker doesnt make as many headlines as cops and lawyers do. If they did most mortgage brokers from 2005 would be in jail. Here's something to think about. Do you know anyone who did not get approved for a loan in 2005. mcdonald employee's wwere buying 300k house with good credit.

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