Investigations

The Deputy Inspector General for Investigations supervises all ongoing inquiries and investigations. The Deputy Inspector General oversees a staff of 18 that includes three supervisory special agents and 11 special agents. The final work product of the Investigations unit consists of advisory memoranda announcing arrests and sentencings and final reports of investigations that contain findings and recommendations.  All of the reports are published to the Board of County Commissioners and the Administration and are available to the public on our website.

2020

Former MDAD Employee Pleads Guilty to Forging Supervisor’s Signature and Falsifying County Payroll Documents

Ref. IG18-0017-I, February 14, 2020
An OIG investigation concluded today with the guilty plea and sentencing of a now-former MDAD employee, Oregna Jones aka Oregna Harris, a former Section Chief assigned to the Real Estate Management and Development Division at Miami International Airport (MIA).

2019

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Bribery in Connection with a County Funded Low-Income Apartment Building

Ref. 18-0010-I, November 21, 2019
Daisy Recalde, the former property manager of the Royal Palms Apartments (Royal Palms) in Opa-Locka, Florida, pled guilty in federal court to one count of Bribery for requiring a $1,000 payment from a low-income resident seeking to be reinstated to the Royal Palms’ waiting list.

Property Manager for a County-funded Low-Income Apartment Building Arrested for Bribery

Ref. 18-0010-I, September 27, 2019
A joint undercover investigation by the OIG and US HUD OIG resulted in arrest for Bribery of former property manager of Royal Palms Apartments built with County HOME Program loan and federal funds.

MDAD Employee Arrested for Forging Supervisor’s Signature and Falsifying County Payroll Documents

Ref. IG18-0017-I, June 20, 2019
OIG and State Attorney’s Office joint investigation results in arrest of MDAD employee for forging supervisor’s signature and falsifying payroll records to qualify for low-income housing.

County Contractor Sentenced to Federal Prison for False Statements Made on Low Income Housing Contracts

Ref. IG17-0004-I, May 29, 2019
Joint OIG & federal investigation results in two County contractors sentenced to federal prison for fraudulent representations involving a Public Housing and Community Development program.

OIG Final Report of Investigation Re: Probe of MIA’s Baggage Handling System Operation and Maintenance Agreement

Ref. IG15-0027-I, May 6, 2019
OIG investigation into Cone of Silence violations, prohibited communications, non-compliant practices, and management failings during two MDAD procurement processes.

OIG Final Report of Multi-Disciplinary Review Re: PortMiami Parking Garages and Revenue Controls

Ref. IG17-0026-I, March 14, 2019
OIG review of the Seaport Department’s parking garage revenue collection process and comprehensive analysis of parking system’s data collection, retention, and retrieval capabilities

Miami-Dade County Vendor Found Guilty For Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, and False Statements

Ref. IG17-0004-1, March 4, 2019
Joint OIG & federal investigation results in two County construction company principals convicted of multiple felony counts for defrauding a Public Housing and Community Development program.

Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General Seeking Reaccreditation

March 1, 2019
On April 9, 2019, Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation assessors will examine the OIG’s policies and procedures, management and operations, for its third reaccreditation.

Former ISD Employee Sentenced in Connection with County Store and Surplus Property Fraud

Ref. IG14-47, February 21, 2019
Former ISD County Store manager sentenced for scheme to defraud the County by manipulating auctions of surplus vehicles and heavy equipment. The investigation was conducted by the OIG and SAO.

WASD Subcontractor Sentenced in Connection with Responsible Wages Fraud

Ref. IG-17-0014-I, January 15, 2019
WASD Consent Decree project subcontractor sentenced, following joint OIG and SAO investigation, for falsifying documentation to the Internal Services Department’s, Small Business Development Division.

2018

Children’s Courthouse Subcontractor Charged and Sentenced for Failure to Pay Responsible Wages

Ref. IG15-43, December 5, 2018
Joint OIG and SAO investigation results in Children’s Courthouse construction subcontractor charged and sentenced for scheme to falsify certified payroll documents to the County.

Former CAHSD Temp Employee Pleas Guilty at Arraignment for LIHEAP Fraud

Ref. IG16-0022-I, July 2, 2018
Former employee assigned to the Community Action and Human Services Department plead guilty and was sentenced for stealing, following a joint OIG and State Attorney’s Office investigation.

Miami-Dade Public Housing Contractors Federally Indicted on Fraud Charges

Ref. IG17-0004-I, June 22, 2018
Joint OIG and federal investigation results in indictment of two County contractor principals for fraudulent representations involving a Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development contract.

MDAD Employee Arrested for ATM Card Theft

Ref. IG17-0015-I, June 11, 2018
Joint OIG and State Attorney’s Office investigation results in arrest of MDAD employee for stealing another County employee’s ATM/debit card and attempting ATM withdrawal.

Former CAHSD Temp Employee Arrested for LIHEAP Fraud

Ref. IG16-0022-I, June 11, 2018
Joint OIG and State Attorney’s Office investigation results in arrest of former Community Action and Human Services Department employee for stealing from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

WASD Subcontractor Arrested for Forgery in Connection with Defrauding the County’s Responsible Wages and Benefits Program

Ref. IG-17-0014-I, March 6, 2018
OIG and SAO investigation results in arrest of construction company owner for forging Responsible Wages and Benefits Program documents on Water and Sewer Dept. Consent Decree project work.

  • Receipt of MDAD's Status Reports Pertaining to the OIG's Final Report of Investigation Re: Contractual Violations and Other Findings Relating to the Management and Operation of the Miami International Airport Hotel
    Ref. IG10-51, December 17, 2014
  • South-Dade Grant Recipient Pleads Guilty to Defrauding County, Homestead CRA, and Others
    Ref. IG 12-35, December 11, 2014
  • Former Miami-Dade Vendor Arrested for Workers' Compensation Fraud Scheme
    Ref. IG 11-50, September 18, 2014
  • OIG Final Report of Investigation Re: Contractual Violations and Other Findings Relating to the Management and Operation of the Miami International Airport Hotel
    Ref. IG 10-51, July 23, 2014
  • South-Dade Grant Recipient Defrauds County, Homestead CRA and the State of Florida
    Ref. IG12-35, July 17, 2014
  • OIG's Final Report into Alleged Misrepresentations Made in the Course of the Notice to Professional Consultants Selection Process for Program and Construction Management Services for the Water and Sewer Department's Wastewater System Priority Projects; ISO Project No. E-13-WASD-01R
    Ref. IG14-05; April 28, 2014
  • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Fire Inspector Charged with Filing a False and Fraudulent Insurance Claim
    Ref. IG13-53, April 11, 2014
  • Receipt of PWWM's Status Report regarding re-deployment of the Visual Inventory of Roadway Assets Solution Van (VIRA Van)
    Ref. IG13-27, March 17, 2014
  • Report on Public Works and Waste Management Department: Overweight 18-Wheeler Tractor-Trailer Trucks
    Ref. IG13-12, March 5, 2014
  • Taxpayer Funded Children’s Trust Grant Recipient Sentenced
    Ref. IG10-38, January 15, 2014
  • OIG Final Report Underreporting of Gross Revenues to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department by Johnson Service Group, Inc.
    Ref. IG12-31, January 6, 2014
  • Former Jackson Health System Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft
    Ref. IG09-84, January 24, 2014

  • OIG Final Report Re: Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department’s Failure to Obtain Building Permits for Work Located in the City of Miami
    Ref. IG12-26, December 19, 2012
  • Former Miami-Dade Clerk of the Courts Employees Plead Guilty to Charges of Organized Scheme to Defraud and Official Misconduct for Altering and Falsifying Marriage License Records
    Ref. IG 11-48, November 16, 2012
  • Taxpayer Funded Children’s Trust Grant Recipient Arrested
    Ref. IG10-38, October 5, 2012
  • Annual report highlighting the scope of the work undertaken on behalf of Miami-Dade County in 2011
    2011 Annual Report, September 10, 2012
  • OIG Final Report Re: County Contract RPQARRA-018-38567-30-OS092611
    Ref. IG12-21, August 15, 2012
  • Former Miami-Dade Clerk of the Courts Employees Plead Guilty to Charges of Organized Scheme to Defraud and Official Misconduct for Altering and Falsifying Marriage License Records
    Ref. IG 11-48, August 9, 2012
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Recipient Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft and Public Assistance Fraud
    Ref. IG11-02, August 1, 2012
  • OIG Investigation Results in Criminal Charges Filed for Submitting Forged Certificates of Insurance to the County
    Ref. IG11-21, July 25, 2012
  • OIG Final Report Re: Submission of Fraudulent Bid Bonds and Performance Bonds
    Ref. IG12-07, April 25, 2012
  • OIG Final Report Re: Administrative Office of the Courts’ Approval of County Employee’s Reduced Work Schedule to Work an Unrelated Second Full-Time Job, Retaining Full-Time County Employment Status, and Drawing Maximum Florida Retirement Benefits
    Ref. IG11-31, March 6, 2012
  • Four Arrested for Swindling Property Buyers Out of $2.4 Million—Con-artists Lured Victims into Believing that a County Employee Inside the Tax Collector’s Office Could Facilitate Tax Deed Transactions Prior to Public Auction
    Ref. IG10-54, February 22, 2012