The people of the field office of the DEA in Miami, Florida have been enjoying all the luxurious things in life from cars, boats, and bling Crockett and Tubbs. Someone, unfortunately, got caught and was quick to rat out the whole rest of the office.
“This has to stop,” a furious judge said.
District Court Judge Charlene Honeywell said that “the allure of easy money” had a very strong appeal for DEA agent José Irizarry which needs to be investigated.
“This has to stop. You were the one who got caught but it is apparent to this court that there are others,” the judge said. The agency has not given any comment about it.
Many reports confirmed that Irizarry had used his badge to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars, parties on yachts, and Tiffany jewels. It seems that he will be spending the next 12 years there for “conspiring to launder money with a Colombian cartel.
According to Irizarry’s lawyer, he’s maybe guilty but he wasn’t alone and had lots of professional help. “When my client joined the DEA he was schooled in how to be corrupt, he was schooled in how to break the law.”
Authorities accused the couple of being involved in a seven-year scheme of diverting more than $9 million from undercover DEA money laundering investigations into banks.
According to the Department of Justice, Irizarry and his family received at least $1 million in kickbacks for their involvement.
Both Irizarry and his wife pleaded guilty to 19 charges in September 2020. The charges against them included money laundering, honest services wire fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
As part of the plea agreement, Irizarry has been ordered to pay $11,233 in restitution and forfeit a diamond ring and luxury sports car he bought with the money he received.
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Irizarry’s wife, Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry is the only other person charged so far. She was a Colombian customs worker.
The Justice Department’s Inspector General came unglued when he found out the DEA is “failing to properly oversee what are supposed to be tightly monitored stings.”
47-year-old Irizarry was allowed “to handle sensitive financial transactions even after he failed a polygraph exam, declared bankruptcy, and kept close ties to a suspected money launderer who would go on to become the godfather of the agent’s twin daughters with his Colombian wife.”
What blew his cover were “Irizarry’s ostentatious habits and tales of raucous yacht parties.” His exploits were legendary to “agents and prosecutors with whom they worked.”
To fund his champagne wishes and caviar dreams, “Irizarry filed false reports and ordered DEA staff to wire money slated for undercover stings to international accounts he and associates controlled.”
Source: Deep State Rabbit Hole