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Tag: Tom Raffanello

Fla. Judge Recommends that Major Charge Against Ex-Head of Miami DEA be Dropped

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Tom Raffanello, the former head of the DEA in Miami, who  most recently served as the head of security for suspected financial scammer Allen Stanford, could get a little break in his criminal case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Rosenbaum in Miami has recommended that one of the major charges against him be dropped, specifically one that says  he interfered with a federal probe of Allen Stanford’s company by ordering the destruction of reams of company documents, the Miami Herald reported.

Raffanello is charged with destroying the documents after the feds shut down Stanford’s financial empire. Stanford is currently in prison.

The Herald reported that the magistrate said the government failed to show he interferred with the Security Exchange Commission probe. The magistrate did not recommend dismissal of the entire case, saying the government could show he did destroy records during the probe.

Ex-Head of Miami DEA Indicted in Banker Scandal

Ouch. It’s rare to see someone who made it that high up in an organization like this– even after they’ve left — get indicted.

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BY MICHAEL SALLAH AND ROB BARRY
Miami Herald
MIAMI — The former chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami office who led the agency’s cases against infamous Panama strongman Manuel Noriega and Medellín cartel kingpin Fabio Ochoa was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for ordering the shredding of records belonging to disgraced banker Allen Stanford.

Tom Raffanello, who left the DEA five years ago to become Stanford’s local security chief, was charged with ordering workers to destroy thousands of documents just days after government agents shut down the banking empire in a massive fraud case.

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