“...defendant mocked this Court and offended the benevolent purposes of the Criminal Justice Act"Fine, I wasn't there and can't comment accurately on what the defendant did or didn't do to the court.
So now Guaracino has this first hurdle to overcome, how can he proceed to the second trial when he's got no money to pay his attorney or the other costs associated with going to trial, expert witnesses, exhibits, etc. Big problem. Now, let's move on to the second hurdle he's got to overcome. As if losing his ability to defend himself wasn't a big enough problem, now comes the AUSA with this...
Joe Guaracino Superseding Information
That's right, MORE CHARGES! If my information is correct, the prosecutors were ready to file even more charges if Guaracino didn't plead out! That brings us to the change and plea which ultimately ended up with this factual proffer which some of our readers claim is Mr. Guaracino coming clean and admitting to what the government alleges he had done...
Joe Guaracino Factual Proffer
So there you have it. Does any of this seem fair to you? I'm no attorney but somehow the way this went down doesn't seem exactly fair. Perhaps Mr. Guaracino really did everything the government said he did, maybe he really was the mastermind of this massive fraud scheme, if that is the case, why not prove it in court rather than go about it the way they did? On another note, consider how much money was spent in order to bring about the convictions of three out of the ten people that were originally charged in this case (as well as those who cut deals and cooperated before the trial), add to that the millions of dollars that must have been spent during the investigation that lasted nearly five years to build this case. Does that seem like the best use of the taxpayers money? A few years ago we put together a list of random frauds that we found while driving around Coconut Grove, we wrote about them in detail and retrieved all the documents to prove what had gone on ( you can find those stories here, here and here). These weren't convoluted tales of homes being purchased, renovated then rented or resold, these were cases where homes were purchased from elderly people and resold the same day using bogus appraisals and crooked title companies for two, three or even four times what they had originally been purchased for, all in the same day without the bad guys ever laying out a penny. Even better, no one ever made a single payment on these homes yet here we are nearly three years later, three years after I had originally written about the homes, three years after I had forwarded the cases to law enforcement and even taken the cases and handed them to a member of the Miami Dade County mortgage fraud task force personally. The result? Zip, NADA, NOTHING. All I ever heard was that there was no time or resources to look into these cases even though I had literally done everything for them.
I have to wonder, what would have happened if a fraction of the time and money spent on the Plantation cops mortgage fraud case could have been allocated to investigating what I wrote about? I guarantee you that these homes were just the tip of the iceberg, I have information that suggests the people that were behind those frauds were part of a much larger group that made the Plantation cops case look like chump change, but again, no money and no resources to adequately investigate. Or maybe no interest because there were no cops involved in the frauds?