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denied for music promoter charged in $300 million fraud
Utsick extradited from Brazil last year
judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who
produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and
Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300
million criminal fraud case.
Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres said Wednesday there was ample
evidence Jack Utsick, 72, might attempt to flee prosecution.
say he took off for Brazil in 2007 amid investigations by the FBI
and Securities and Exchange Commission into his Worldwide
Entertainment Inc. promotion company.
was extradited last year.
say the concert business was actually a Ponzi scheme, with older
investors being paid with money from newer ones. An estimated 3,300
investors were defrauded out of nearly $300 million.
will plead not guilty to mail fraud charges.
Mother Of Missing Millionaire Want Him Declared Dead
South Florida missing mans wife and mother have been battling
it out to have control over his estate but for the first time they
are on the same side.
want him to be officially declared dead so they have access to his money.
the family feud over missing multi-millionaire Guma Aguiars
fortune, his wife faced off against her mother and sister in-law on Wednesday.
trio have been rivaling over real estate in Israel valued at about
$12 million since Guma Aguiar disappeared almost three years ago.
the stand Wednesday, Aguiras wife and mother of his four kids
immediately started to tear up as she was questioned about what
happened after she reported the millionaire missing.
police showed up at our house and said they found his boat had
washed ashore, said Jamie Aguiar.
boat was found around 1:00 a.m.
video shows him hours earlier at his Ft. Lauderdale home just before
he boarded his boat and left, never to be seen or heard from again.
lawyers also questioned the mother about Aguiars whereabouts. She
said she hasnt heard from her oldest son since June 19, 2012.
wife also testified that there has been no activity on his bank
accounts for nearly three years.
brought out the lead detective in Aguiars missing person
investigation, Detective Steven Novak, who told the judge about the
condition in which his boat was found.
boat was ashore&ldots;the ignition was in the on position. The
lights were on. The board and the throttle was in the forward
position, said Novak.
the mother and wife are hoping this information is enough to
persuade a judge to declare Guma Aguiar dead.
the decision is made to declare Aguiar dead, the feud over his money
and millions of dollars in real estate will likely continue.
judge did not make a decision on Wednesday.
lawyers for the wife plan to bring two more expert witnesses to
testify Thursday morning.
Slams DCF Over Children Not Getting Care
Department of Children and Families has been notorious for its
failures to protect children on its watch. Just this month, in yet
the latest tragedy, five year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was thrown to her
death from a bridge by her father, despite earlier calls to DCFs
hotline that the man was a danger to his children.
a Miami-Dade courtroom Wednesday, the issue was the failure of DCF
to provide residential psychiatric treatment for severely disturbed
children. Judge Michael Hanzman had called the hearing for DCF to
show cause why it should not be sanctioned over the
mental health treatment issue.
and time again, Ive ordered these children into psychiatric
residential treatment and these orders have not been timely complied
with, the judge said. I do not believe it is appropriate
or acceptable for children who need psychiatric care to have to wait
months to secure a bed, Hanzman said.
has pointed the finger of blame at the Agency For Health Care
Administration (AHCA), which is charged with providing mental health
facilities. AHCA has in turn blamed DCF, and private companies to
whom the state has outsourced residential psychiatric treatment.
Judge was having none of it.
sure that those contractors honor their obligations and actually
secure enough facilities to place these children, the judge declared.
coincidentally, Governor Rick Scott Wednesday announced he will
propose an increase of $80 million in DCFs budget. The governor
saying in a statement, Protecting our children is a top
priority for me.
budget announcement released Wednesday did not directly address the
issue of residential treatment facilities for mentally disturbed
children, and DCF had not responded to inquiries from CBS4 News by
the time this story was posted.
in the Miami-Dade courtroom, Judge Hanzman said the state must do better.
not a policy maker and I dont make legislation, the
judge said. This is a problem. It just happens over and over
again and the waits seem to be getting longer.
Wednesday hearing specifically involved an 11 year-old boy who the
judge ordered into a program more than a month ago. A DCF
represenative said it hoped to have the child in a facility in
about two weeks.
Hanzman continued the show cause hearing for two weeks,
ordering the bureaucrats to get the child into treatment. He stopped
short of suggesting that someone might yet be held in contempt.
Digger Arrested In Palm Beach County
two years on the run, a treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight
over lost treasure, was tracked down at a hotel in Palm Beach County.
Thompson vanished after failing to show up at a key court hearing in
Ohio where he was being sued by investors.
gained notoriety 27 years ago when he found the sunken SS
Central America, also known as the ship of gold.
seems complete role reversal. The hunter became the hunted. He was
on the run for two years, said U.S. Marshal Barry Golden.
Thompson found the Central America which sank in a hurricane off the
South Carolina Coast in 1857, much of the gold was sold to a
marketing group for 50 million dollars.
had been paid $12 million dollars by investors who said they never
saw any return. That led to a lawsuit and Thompsons
disappearance until Tuesday.
authorities said Thompson and his companion went to great lengths to
conceal themselves, using cash only and no car.
appears they had access to a lot of the money and it was difficult
to track them down.
on a tip from Ohio, Marshals zeroed in on Thompsons companion
on Tuesday and followed her for seven hours.
had no vehicles. She was using buses and taxis to get around. They
were able to follow her to the hotel and make an arrest, said Golden.
Wednesday, Thompson told a federal judge he was ill and so his
hearing was re-scheduled for Thursday