|December 28, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation today announced the arrest of Miguel Angel Perez, his wife Maritza Belinda Perez, their sons Miguel Angel Perez III and Jonathan Alexander Perez, as well as their family pastor, Mark Timothy Huba. The group was arrested on charges related to racketeering, grand theft, money laundering, unlicensed practice of law and operating an unlicensed assisted living facility in connection with the sale of purported real estate investment offerings in Pasco, Pinellas, and Hernando counties.
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of investigators with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, state and local law enforcement agencies, and my Office of Statewide Prosecution, these investment schemes that in many cases targeted victims’ retirement savings, have been stopped and the targets of the investigation have been arrested,” said Attorney General Bondi.
“I applaud the diligent work of OFR’s Bureau of Financial Investigations, as well as our partners in law enforcement. The agency continues to make the safety and security of our financial services industry a top priority,” said OFR Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear.
"This investigation was complex and involved crimes in multiple jurisdictions. FDLE was glad to work alongside our partners to arrest these suspects who have defrauded so many people out of their hard-earned money," said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingin.
The alleged racketeering activity led to the collection of approximately $1.3 million in racketeering proceeds from approximately 21 Floridians. The suspects recruited potential investors at real estate investment seminars held in the Tampa Bay area, where investors were told their funds would be applied to real estate projects, primarily assisted living facilities.
According to the investigation, many of the assisted living facilities never opened and those that were in operation lost licensing as a result of mismanagement. A large portion of investor funds were allegedly used for the defendants personal living expenses, including the purchase of the Perez family home in New Port Richey.
At the time members of the Perez family were arrests earlier this year, the defendants were believed to be actively recruiting investors for new investment offerings involving multi-level marketing and real estate projects. These offerings are believed to be made through their companies, including Investors Mentorship Club, LLC, Allegi, Inc., and I Dream Big Coaching, Inc.
The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case.