4th person surrenders in condo kickback case

Article Courtesy of Miami Herald


Published May 28, 2007


Escorted by his attorney, a fourth person involved with an alleged million-dollar Hallandale Beach condo kickback scheme turned himself into authorities Monday morning.


At 9 a.m., Angel Ramos, 77, dressed in a yellow Polo sweater, walked into Broward County's main jail in Fort Lauderdale. Ramos, who worked as a building maintenance engineer, is charged by Hallandale Beach police with felony organized fraud at the Parker Plaza Estates.

Ramos was out of town when his warrant was issued, so he turned himself in Monday after returning from a holiday, police said.

So far, a contractor, former condo manager and former condo board president were arrested in the case.

Police say this is how the scheme worked: A board member would work with two condo association employees to create overestimates for work that needed to be done at the condo. A property manager would make recommendations for the work. A contractor would collect the money, cash the checks and give some back.

Police say at least $1.4 million was kicked back over several years.

Angel Ramos, 77, who worked as a building maintenance engineer