LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United State…

By on June 20, 2007

LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Donald Balberchak Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”), and Steven J. Mocsary, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility (“ICE-OPR”), announced the unsealing of a May 29, 2007 indictment against defendant Ramon Llorca, of Plantation, on charges of bribery and embezzlement, in violation of Title 18 United States Code Sections 201, 641 and 654. Llorca was arrested earlier this morning and will be appearing in Magistrate Court today.

The Indictment alleges that between October 2006 and January 2007, Llorca, a Special Agent with ICE, embezzled $2500 from his agency. The money Llorca allegedly embezzled was earmarked to pay for the services of a confidential informant. The Indictment also alleges that in February of 2007, Llorca agreed to register another person as a confidential informant with ICE in return for a donation from the person of $5,000 to a little league baseball team on which Llorca’s son played.

If convicted, Llorca faces a maximum statutory penalty of ten (10) years’ imprisonment on the two embezzlement counts and fifteen (15) years’ on the bribery count.

Mr. Acosta commended the work of the agents of Department of Homeland Security, OIG, and ICE OPR. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Lourie in West Palm Beach.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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