WASHINGTON, March 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As a final result of the endeavours of the Workplace of Inspector Common (OIG) for the Export-Import Lender of the United States (EXIM), in coordination with the Miami-Dade Point out Attorney’s Office environment, a Florida small business proprietor was sentenced to 36 months’ probation and requested to pay back about $140,000 for his position in a scheme to defraud EXIM.   

On or about April 28, 2016, Romel Ramon Duran-Martinez (Duran), 59, operator of Miami-primarily based Deoca Production Co. (Deoca), falsely certified that the buyer in an EXIM-insured transaction failed to make payment on a sale to Deoca.  At the time, Duran was informed that his small business (Deoca) had presently received payment in full from the international purchaser. Duran’s steps prompted EXIM’s Increased Assignee (a Miami-centered commercial lender) to file a fraudulent assert towards Deoca’s EXIM insurance coverage coverage after the default, improperly releasing Duran and Deoca from its obligation to repay the Increased Assignee.  EXIM paid $142,472 for the fraudulent assert whilst Deoca experienced acquired whole payment for the transaction. To conceal this fraud, Duran directed people today to lie and normally offer with EXIM in poor religion, which delayed the discovery of the fraud. 

On February 16, 2021, right after pleading guilty to one particular rely of grand theft in the 2nd degree for the fraud he perpetrated versus EXIM, Duran was sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Because Duran formerly compensated about $39,000.00 to EXIM in administrative repayments prior to the Court’s ruling, the Court docket even more ordered Duran to spend $110,970.66 in restitution to EXIM, $29,029.34 for investigative charges, as properly as a $603 Distinctive Assessment Payment.   

This situation was prosecuted by the Financial Crimes Division of the Miami-Dade Point out Attorney’s Workplace. The situation was investigated by EXIM OIG in Washington, D.C.

EXIM is the formal export credit score company of the United States and assists in financing the export of U.S. items and providers to worldwide markets.

EXIM OIG is an independent place of work within EXIM. The OIG gets and investigates problems and facts concerning violations of legislation, rules or regulations, fraud in opposition to EXIM, mismanagement, squander of money, and abuse of authority linked with EXIM’s plans and functions. Additional info about the OIG can be found at www.exim.gov/oig. Complaints and stories of waste, fraud, and abuse similar to EXIM systems and operations can be documented to the OIG Hotline at 888-OIG-EXIM (888-644-3946) or by means of e mail at [email protected].

Resource Export-Import Bank of the United States, Business office of Inspector Typical