11 June – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos D. Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, William Sims, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Miami Field Office, Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, and Jon Sall, Special Agent in Charge, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Department of Homeland Security, announce that ROBERTO MARTIN was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro on five counts of fraud. Martin previously had pleaded guilty to charges that he falsely impersonated federal agents in connection with a billion dollar fraud scheme. Following a four hour sentencing hearing, Martin was immediately remanded to serve a nine (9) year prison term. In addition, he was ordered to pay $774,625 in restitution to various victims, and a $500 special assessment.
As set forth in the Indictment, ROBERTO MARTIN was charged with participating in a scheme in which he sought to unjustly enrich himself by falsely representing to certain individuals that he worked with the Central Intelligence Agency on an alleged “secret operation” that involved obtaining money that had been stolen from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and that those individuals could receive a share of the money if they provided the defendants with money to finance the “secret operation.” As part of the scheme, MARTIN claimed that he was a former Cuban intelligence officer who had defected from Cuba, and falsely represented that he was then working for the CIA on an alleged “secret operation” to recover money that he had helped steal from Castro. Previously, Martin’s co-defendant, Christopher Johnson, pleaded guilty to similar charges that he falsely represented to others that he was “Special Agent Chris McClenic” of the United States Secret Service, and that he assisted MARTIN with the alleged “secret operation.” At meetings with participants in the alleged “secret operation,” MARTIN carried a firearm and a law enforcement-style badge case, and Johnson carried a firearm, wore an ear-piece style radio and used a business card from the USSS in the name of Chris McClenic
MARTIN pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, and falsely impersonating a federal agent, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 912. MARTIN also pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).
Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service and the Coast Guard Investigative Service, Department of Homeland Security. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Clark and Alicia Valle, Assistant United States Attorney, Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.