#TBT: The #RICO case against #Gimenez writes itself!



HIGHLIGHTs:

    • RICO: "Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act"
      • § 1962. Prohibited activities:

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    RICO
     CASE:

    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person who has received any income derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through collection of an unlawful debt in which such person has participated as a principal within the meaning of section 2, title 18, United States Code, to use or invest, directly or indirectly, any part of such income, or the proceeds of such income, in acquisition of any interest in, or the establishment or operation of, any enterprise which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce. A purchase of securities on the open market for purposes of investment, and without the intention of controlling or participating in the control of the issuer, or of assisting another to do so, shall not be unlawful under this subsection if the securities of the issuer held by the purchaser, the members of his immediate family, and his or their accomplices in any pattern or racketeering activity or the collection of an unlawful debt after such purchase do not amount in the aggregate to one percent of the outstanding securities of any one class, and do not confer, either in law or in fact, the power to elect one or more directors of the issuer.



    A local investment group wants to build a modernized $240 million steel mill complex in Homestead, claiming the Miami construction industry can support the facility at a time when President Donald Trump is pushing for a revival in heavy manufacturing across the country.
    The proposal for an "eco-friendly steel mill" on county land from a group with ties to the family of Miami-Dade's mayor cites a 2017 presidential memo calling for the use of U.S.-made steel in pipeline projects. It was released the same day Trump endorsed the controversial Keystone Pipeline project that was opposed by the Obama administration.
    "The last two decades have seen a steady decline in U.S. steel production," reads the May 2017 proposal from Ecosteel USA to Miami-Dade County's contracting department. "However, recent political pressure coupled with urgent need to revitalize the country's aging infrastructure system, have resulted in renewed calls for the production of U.S. steel."
    The Ecosteel facility would be part of a trend in the steel industry to shift from large ore-burning steel mills into smaller factories that recycle scrap metal into raw steel.
    Julio Gimenez, a son of Mayor Carlos Gimenez and a longtime construction executive, is helping pitch the Ecosteel project, attending at least one meeting with Dennis Moss, the county commissioner whose district includes the proposed mill site. Tania G. Cruz a lawyer and the wife of the mayor's other son, was also representing the venture last year but said this week her work stopped after the proposal went to the county.
    The mayor issued a memo last year recusing himself from county talks with Ecosteel, a decision that formally gives Commission Chairman Esteban "Steve" Bovo authority to reject the proposal or recommend it to fellow commissioners. The Gimenez administration continued the talks with Ecosteel. Last week, the mayor issued another memo restating his recusal and saying one of his deputy mayors, Jack Osterholt, would serve as Bovo's contact for the administration on the proposal.

    The proposal does not list either of the Gimenez relatives as members of the six-person Ecosteel USA LLC team. Neither is registered to lobby in the county. Moss said Julio Gimenez attended at least one meeting in his district office about the project. In his May 24, 2017 recusal memo, Gimenez wrote he became aware that day of the involvement of his son and daughter-in-law in the solicitation of proposals for the county land outside the air base.
    It's the second potential county project under way involving Julio Gimenez. In January, the mayor issued another recusal memo involving a possible project related to the county's juvenile Boot Camp detention program being pursued by Julio Gimenez and the Neighbors and Neighbors Association, a nonprofit already involved in multiple county social services programs. Moss said Neighbors and Neighbors director Leroy Jones attended the meeting about Ecosteel in his district office that Julio Gimenez attended.
    Julio Gimenez did not respond to an interview request submitted through Cruz. Cruz declined to comment beyond: "My role in the project was limited to preparing the response [to the county's request for interest in the land]. My participation ceased shortly after its submittal."
    The mayor has had to declare certain projects officially off-limits in the past due to the participation of his two sons. That included Trump's pursuit in 2014 and 2015 of the county's Crandon golf course at a time when Gimenez's other son, lobbyist and lawyer C.J. Gimenez, was his local lobbyist. Gimenez formally recused himself after the talks became public and after he and Trump exchanged letters about a potential management agreement.
    To move forward, Ecosteel would ultimately need approval by the 13-member County Commission. Lopez, who signed the May 2017 proposal to the county, said he has other options.
    "I'm working to get land and state support in three states," he said. "If I don't get the land in Miami-Dade, then I'll just quit. I'll go to another state."
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