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AP: 3 arrests made in condo collapse victim ID thefts

Photo: AP Champlain Tower Press Conference ID Theft
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Three people have been arrested for stealing the identities of some victims in June’s deadly South Florida condominium building collapse, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Betsy Alexandra Cacho Medina, 30, Rodney Choute, 38, and Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, were arrested earlier Wednesday on multiple charges related to fraud and counterfeiting, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced during a news conference.

Officials have identified at least five deceased and two living victims from the building, but the investigation continues and additional victims could be found, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.

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This story was published by the Associated Press. 

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WSVN 7: Fourth suspect arrested in identity theft scheme targeting Surfside collapse victims

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Courtesy of the Office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

WSVN Channel 7 recently covered the State Attorney’s recent press conference announcing the arrests made in the identity theft cases which targeted victims in the collapse of the Champlain Tower
South Condominium.

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Miami Herald: Three suspects arrested in Champlain Towers South identity theft cases

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CBS 4: Miami-Dade State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Press Conference on Identity Theft Arrests

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State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle held a press conference announcing arrests made in the identity theft cases which targeted victims of collapse of the Champlain Tower South Condominium.

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Media Advisory: Arrests Made in Champlain Tower Identity Thefts

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Miami, Florida (September 8, 2021) – Joint press conference at the Office of the State Attorney to announce the arrests made in the identity theft cases which targeted victims in the collapse of the Champlain Tower
South Condominium.

WHO:          State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle
                     Miami-Dade Police Major Fernand Charles
                     Aventura Police Chief Bryan Pegues
                     Surfside Police Acting Chief, Captain John Healy
                     Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Brian Swain
                     United States Postal Inspector Joe Cronin
                     United States Marshal Gadyaces “Gady” Serralta

WHAT:        Press Conference

WHEN
:        Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 2:00 PM

WHERE
:     State Attorney’s Office
                      1350 NW 12 Avenue
                      Miami, FL 33136 

 

NOTES:       Face mask or or face covering required to enter the building

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For further information, please contact Ed Griffith, Public Information Officer, at (305)547-0535 or EdGriffith@MiamiSAO.com.

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Investigation Report: James Justin Munro, Jr.

On August 31, 2021, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving James Justin Munro, Jr..

James Justin Munro, Jr. Investigation Report

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For Immediate Release: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s Statement on Stand Your Ground Ruling in Mark Bartlett Case

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Miami, Fla. (August 27, 2021)

“Having always believed that Mark Bartlett’s actions on the Brickell Avenue bridge were a violation of Florida law and motivated by racial hostility, we now look forward to taking this case to trial.

Disproving the self-defense arguments of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law can be a very difficult hurdle for prosecutors to overcome. Now that my prosecutors have done that, it is time to move this long-delayed case to trial.

I commend Assistant State Attorneys Jonathan Borst and Citra Joseph and Chief Assistant Kathleen Hoague for their hard work on this case recognizing that there is still much, much more to be done before this case is finally resolved.”

Katherine Fernandez Rundle
State Attorney
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For Immediate Release: Statement of Katherine Fernandez Rundle on Alexis Rodriquez Plea Agreement

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Miami (August 24, 2021)

“The credibility and integrity of every vote is the foundation upon which our democracy is based.

Alexis Rodriguez’ plea agreement today relating to his recruitment as a “fake” candidate in Florida’s Senate District 37 election is an important step in the effort to restore honesty to Florida’s election process which has been tarnished too long by almost invisible, independent and write-in
candidates.

Mr. Rodriguez’ critical testimony will shed light on the dirty election tricks used to steal our democracy and is the price he is paying for helping rob our community of its right to honest representation.”

Katherine Fernandez Rundle
State Attorney
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For more information, please contact Ed Griffith, Public Information Officer at (305) 547-0535 or EdGriffith@MiamiSAO.com

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Investigation Report: Ariel Martinez Ruiz

On August 23, 2021, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving Ariel Martinez Ruiz.

Ariel Martinez Ruiz Investigation Report

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