Conman caught by cops after jet ski breaks down during emotional escape bid to Cuba – World News

Conman caught by cops after jet ski breaks down during emotional escape bid to Cuba – World News




Ernesto Cruz Graveran was caught and arrested with a known human smuggler in the Florida Keys with a watercraft filled with a ‘trove of food and water’ according to authorities

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A Florida man was arrested after allegedly trying to flee to Cuba on a jet ski accused of submitting over $4 million (£3.3 million) in fraudulent health-care claims.

Ernesto Cruz Graveran, 54, was caught in the Florida Keys area along with another male known to be a human smuggler, according to officials in the Southern District of Florida.

According to court documents, the jet ski was loaded with a “trove” of food and water, enough to make the trip it is believed.

“The jet ski was outfitted with a special fuel cell to allow for long trips, and within the compartments of the jet ski, law enforcement discovered a trove of food and water bottles,” said officials.

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“I believe it is probable that Ernesto Cruz Graveran was, in fact, fleeing to Cuba aboard the jet ski to evade prosecution,” said an agent with the Department of Homeland Security.

Federal prosecutors say Cruz Graveran owned a company called Xiko Enterprises and he allegedly sought a total of £3.5 million in payments for fake claims.

Graveran pocketed £1.7 million over just two months in February and April before the scheme unraveled and the police pounced with a charge.

In one example, Graveran sought £833,000 in claims for equipment purportedly provided to 145 patients from a single doctor. Investigators, though, found that those recipients never existed and the doctor hadn’t filed any claims on their behalf.

Police believe the 54-year-old was ‘aboard the jet ski to evade prosecution’
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In May, police received intelligence that Cruz Graveran intended to fly to his native Cuba, so approached him at his home. According to court filings, Cruz Graveran told the officers that he was just the nominee owner for the company and that another person, not named in court papers, had paid him to use his name and for him to course of action the checks.

Some of the checks were for as much as £75,000 and he would often take them to a local bank, according to the government’s affidavit. Cruz Graveran agreed to cooperate and handed over his passport but three weeks later he reportedly tried to flee the county. He is being held without bail awaiting trial.

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