After eluding police for almost a year, the detectives from the Coral Gables Economic Crimes Unit finally apprehended Roger Besu, a local attorney who embezzled well over $2.6 million, and served him with a felony arrest warrant.
Besu was entrusted with the life savings of a client when he was given $5.2 million to be deposited into his escrow/ trust account. Four months after depositing the funds into his firm’s escrow account, Besu began to withdraw the funds and disseminate the $2.6 million into several overseas bank accounts. Using his luxury yacht to leave the country, Besu and his wife then fled the United States and established residence throughout several Central American countries.
With the cooperative help of the U.S. Marshalls, United States Department of State, Servicio Nacional de Inmigracion de Panama, Miami Dade Police Department, and the Coral Gables Police Department; fugitive Roger Besu was finally located boarding a flight from Ecuador to Panama on Sunday morning.
Panamanian officials denied Besu entry to the country of Panama after his passport was flagged with a felony arrest warrant. Besu was immediately placed on a plane with two local law enforcement officials who arrived at Miami International Airport where detectives from the Coral Gables Police Department were waiting at the terminal with the arrest warrant.
Besu was placed under arrest and transported to Turner Gilford Knight (TGK) Correctional Facility where his initial arrest warrant bond was set at $5 million.
Ok, despite the case dragging on for years with no end in sight, it finally came to a surprising end earlier this month. Much to my surprise it seems the punishment for stealing over two million dollars of his clients hard earned money is nothing more than two years of community control and eight years of probation. Take a look for yourselves...
According to the court docket, Mr. Besu is getting two years of community control and some probation, not bad in my opinion for stealing two million dollars!
I'm not exactly sure what the hell happened here, was it a case of really good lawyering? Perhaps the prosecutor wasn't that exciting? I mean, after all the guy admitted to stealing the money, there's no doubt about that, so wouldn't this be classified as a slam dunk case? Think about that for a moment, if you rob a convenience store and get away with as little as twenty dollars, your ass will end up in the slammer. This guy steals $2mm, flees the country and is a fugitive for nearly a year then comes back and only gets probation? Even worse, we discovered a few years ago that before he left he transferred all his properties out of his name into his relatives names to protect his assets! Somethings really fucking wrong here folks...