8 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Enrique Gutierrez, Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service, Miami Division, announced today the unsealing of an eleven (11) count Indictment charging defendant, Pedro B. Gonzalez of Miami, Florida with mail and wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341 and 1343, respectively, in connection with his operation of an advance fee loan scheme. Gonzalez made his initial appearance today, May 6, 2005 in federal court in Miami, Florida before United States Magistrate Judge Robert L. Dubé.
As charged in the Indictment, Gonzalez was the owner and President of Nations Capital Credit Corporation and Excel Investment Group Corporation. Both Nations and Excel purportedly engaged in the business of obtaining financing for equipment such as trucks, tractors, printing, and dry cleaning equipment.
Gonzalez solicited small businesses and individuals throughout the United States, promoting Nations and Excel as a source for financing, and offering to obtain financing to purchase or lease equipment on favorable terms. Gonzalez required the businesses or individuals to pay up-front deposits ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 as a condition for obtaining their financing. The Indictment alleges that Gonzalez obtained over $250,000 from at least fifty (50) individuals and businesses by making material misrepresentations concerning his ability to obtain financing. The Indictment alleges, among other things, Gonzalez falsely promised that if he failed to deliver financing at the promised terms, or if the transaction was not consummated, he would fully refund the deposits. The Indictment alleges, Gonzalez did not obtain financing for the businesses or individuals, and did not refund their deposits.
Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Gurwitz and Assistant United States Attorney Rosa Rodriguez-Mera.
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 .