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UNITED STATFS DISTRICT COURT
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5 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1 ) NO. 90-231-Cr-KEHOE


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) Miami, Florida
8 RAUL MARTINEZ ) February L 1991
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13 BEFORE THE HONORABLE JAMES W. KEHOE


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16 APPEARANCES:
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For the Plaintiff: STEVEN CHAYKIN, ESQ.
18 BRUCE UDOLF, ESQ.
ASSISTANT U. S. ATTORNEY
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20 For the Defendant: JAMES J. HOGAN, ESQ.
EVELYN GREER, ESQ,
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23 Court Reporter: PAUL HAFERLING
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1 THE COURT: I did not notice an article in the


( 2 Miami Herald.
3 {JURY RETURNS}
4 THE COURT: Anybody read anything about this case
5 from any source; television, radio? The witness who we
6 still have to complete the cross-examination is not feeling
7 well. I have excused her from attendance today, and we will
8 get back to her as Quickly as we can.
9 CAMILO PADREDA, GOVERNMENT WITNESS, SWORN
10 THE CLFRK: State your name and spell your last
11 name for the record.
12 THE WITNESS: Camilo Padreda. P-a-d-r-e-d-a.
13 DIRECT EXAMINATION
14 BY MR. UDOLF:
15 Q Mr. Padreda, how old are you?
16 A 58 years old.
17 Q Where were yOU born?
18 A Havana, Cuba.
19 Q When did YOU come to the United States?
20 A May, 1959.
21 Q Did, thereafter, YOU become a permanent resident?
22 A I became a resident of the United States, May, 1959.
23 Q Have you become a citizen of the United States?
24 A In 1965.
25 Q Are YOU married?

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1 A Sir.

( 2 Q Are you married?


3 A Yes.
4 Q How long have YOU been married?
5 A I have been married for 25 years.
6 Q Do YOU have any children?
7 A I got two children in this marriage, and three in the
8 first marriage.
9 Q When YOU came to the United States, what was YOur first
10 Job in the United States?
11 A When I come to the United States, my first work was at
12 the Everglades Flower Shop in Palm Beach.
13 Q How long did YOU work at the flower shop?
L 14 A Till February, 1961.
15 Q Did there come a time that YOU got involved in the
16 construction business?
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17 A I become in the construction business in 1968.
18 Q How did you get involved in the construction bUSiness?
19 A First of all, I was 0 salesman, sales, real estate. and
20 then I become a sub-builder and then sub-general contractor.
21 In 1972 I become general contractor in State of Florida.
22 Q What is your present occupation?
23 A Contractor.
24 Q What is the name of your company?
25 A J.P. Advisors.

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1 Q How long have YOU been a general contractor?
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2 A Been a general contractor since 1972.
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3 Q Are YOU presently licensed as a general contractor in
4 the State of Florida?
5 A My license was revoked about two weeks ago, and also it
6 is a hearing pending to reinstitute the license.
7 Q Was your license suspended as a result of your
8 conviction pertaining to the Coso Delago Project?
9 A That's correct.
10 Q That conviction was pursuant to a plea agreement that
11 YOU entered into between yourself and the United States
12 Government?
13 A That's correct.
14 Q We will get to that in a moment. When yOU began as a
15 subcontractor or sub-general contractor, what kinds of
16 buildings did YOU build?
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17 A Houses and duplex, and any building UP to three story
18 high.
19 Q That was your limitation as to what yOU could build?
20 A That's correct.
21 Q When yoU became a general contractor, what kind of
22 buildings did yOU build?
23 A Anything. Commercial. ShOPPing. Office and apartment
24 units.
t 25 Q Did YOU have occasion, during your work as a general

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1 contractor, to start doing low income housing or federally

( 2 or locally subsidized low income or elderly housing?


3 A Yes.
4 Q When did that start?
5 A 1971.
6 Q How did yOU get involved in that?
7 A I was asking to bid in the project called Semi noah
8 Gardens in Hialeah.
9 Q What was Seminoah Gardens?
10 A Consisting of 51 houses and duplexes.
11 Q Was that a federally subsidized housing project?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Did yoU hove any federally subsidized housing after
14 that?
15 A Yes.
16 Q How many after that?
17 A Since 1971 till 1985, '87; about 7, 8.
18 Q Do yOU know an individual by the name of Sacaso or on
19 individual named Alfredo Osorio?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Who were they?
22 A They are Nicaraguans. They are engineers that came to
23 this country in 1980. I was introduced to them by one of my
24 friends, Raul Garcia Quintero, and they become my partners
25 in the corporation as financing partners.

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1 Q What kinds of buildings did YOU build with Mr. Sacosa


2 and Mr, Osorio?
3 A I build 3 projects for Dade County. One on First Street
4 Southwest and 9th Avenue, The second one was on 17th Avunue
5 Southwest and 5th Street and the 3rd one at U.S, 1 and 37th
6 Avenue,
7 Q What kind of projects were these?
8 A That was for elderly houses, elderly housing.
9 Q Was that a federally subsidized project?
10 A That's correct,
11 Q What was the agency or local agency that yOU dealt with
12 to build those projects?
13 A The Little Hud of Dade County.
14 Q During what period of time did YOU build those projects?
15 A From 1981 to about 1982,
16 Q Did Mr. Sacasa and Osorio--were they partners with YOU I
17 in any other projects?
18 A They were also a partner with me in the project in
19 Texas,
20 Q What kind of project was that?
21 A 282 townhouses.
22 Q Was that federally subsidized?
23 A No, That was private.
24 Q When was that project being built?
25 A That project start in 1982. May, June, 1982,

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1 approximately.
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( 2 Q You heard of the Esperanzo Project?
3 A That's correct.
4 Q Did YOU bid on the Fsperanzo Project?
5 A Yes, sir.
6 Q Who were your partners in that?
7 A Alfredo Sacosa, Alfredo Osorio and Jorge Herdocea.
8 Q The same partners that were involved with YOU in the
9 other projects were involved with YOU in the Esperonza
10 Project?
11 A That's correct.
12 Q You mentioned Mr.Socoso. How do yoU spell his nome?
13 A S-o-c-o-s-o.
14 Q Do yOU remember his first nome?
15 A Alfredo. A-l-f-r-e-d-o.
16 Q Mr. Osorio was the other portner? I
17 A Alfredo Osorio. O-s-o-r-i-o.
18 Q Do yOU have any other partners?
19 A Jorge Herdocea. H-e-r-d-o-c-e-o.
20 Q Was the project in Texas funded from monies from Mr.
21 Herdocea or finance arranged by Mr.Sacoso and Mr. Herdocea?
22 A The owner of the project--the owners of the project that
23 were from Corpus Christi funding the project. We don't have
24 to gO to the bank or anything.
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1 Sacasa here in Florida?
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( 2 A It was paid in Texas.


3 Q What was done with the monies? Was it transmitted back
4 there?
5 A It was transmitted to our accounts in Miami.
6 Q Between 1971, I believe that's when YOU said YOU started
7 YOur first HUn project was in 1971?
8 A 1971.
9 Q In '86 or '87 when the last project, was Coso Delago the
10 last project?
11 A No, Sir. That project was Sweetwater Towers.
12 Q During those times, did YOU become involved in polItics
13 locally and notionally, Mr. Padreda?
14 A I have been involved since 1968.
15 Q Describe your involvement in politics. What did yOU do
16 in politics?
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17 A Mainly boot racing~ getting together with the--introduce
18 the candidates from some of the leaders of the community.
19 Q Why did you get involved in politics in that manner?
20 A I would SOY that in order to get recognition, in order
21 to get known by these people, YOU have to be involved in
22 politics.
23 Q What was the advantage to Camilo Padredo to get known by
24 these people, and what people are YOU referring to?
25 A You talk about the names?

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1 Q Not specific. But what type of people are you referring
2 to when YOU say YOU want to get to know them?
3 A I have been involved with a campaign for the Mayor of
4 Miami, City of Hialeah. city of the county; United States
5 Senator; President.
6 Q You raised funds for these individuals?
7 A That's correct.
8 Q What was the advantage of Camilo Padreda to get involved
9 in that matter of raising funds for these candidates?
10 A I think the major fund raising would like to have the
11 recognition and to have the acknowledge of personal
12 friendship with these persons. The person that can be
13 elected and also help in the friends that yOU think would be
L 14 the better people for the job.
15 Q What advantage was there to yOU, Mr. Padredo. as for as
1.6 being friends with these people that YOU were helping to I
17 elect?
18 A Well, when YOU need to help somebody--you got a friend
19 when yOU can call him, to help your friends.
20 Q What do YOU mean, when YOU need to help somebody?
21 A If YOU got a case, YOU need a friend in a Job and is
22 looking for a job, maybe yOU can call somebody and help him
23 to get a Job.
24 Q When YOU soy call somebody. ore YOU referring to the
25 politicians or public officers YOU help get elected?

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1 A That is one of the people that we can call.
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( 2 Q How would YOU gO about raising funds for the various
3 candidates that YOU work? How would YOU do that?
4 A Normally yOU do a get together, cocktail party or get in
5 a restaurant or get on the hotel and do a banquet or
6 something like that.
7 Q Would YOU arrange parties like that?
8 A Correct.
9 Q Then what would YOU do? How would yOU collect the
10 money?
11 A We ask for contributions to any particular person.
12 Q Did the various candidates and public officials that yOU
13 were doing this for knnw YOU were doing this organizing?
14 A Yes.

15 Q And why do that Mr. Pedreda? Why do that?


16 A I would say that as a Cuban, we passing in our country
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17 we not involved in politics. The reason we were not
18 involved in politics is what is happening in Cuba. My
19 concern is that we would like to have the best people
20 possible on some of the jobs, and I would like to be
21 involved with the politicians.
22 Q There was a difference between what was done in Cuba,
23 and what was done here, is there not, in the United States?
24 A In Cuba yOU don't hove to raise money for the
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1 own campaign.

( 2 Q What if YOU wonted a favor from the politicians in Cuba?


3 A Well, in Cuba and in any other latin American country,
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4 when you gO to the person in the Government or in the
5 particular job, if You need something, always going to be a
6 request for a change, means if I help YOU, YOU help me.
7 Q What 1s the difference or how is it different 1n this
8 country?
9 A In this country YOU raise money for the politician. You
10 cannot buy politicians later on.
11 a What did YOU expect when YOU become friends with these
12 politicians, by raising money?
13 A I think that anybody can expect to have a good relation,
14 that YOU can gO and ask for Mr. Joe Doe's help, or if yOU
15 need some help from anything, YOU can do go see them.
16 Q What advantage was it to Camilo Padreda, as a developer? I
17 A To be involved in, have a knowledge of the project that
18 come in, in the future.
19 a Was there an advantage to knowing the various
20 politicians and public officials that would rule uPon or
21 decide who was to get projects or zoning or anything of that
22 matter? Was there an advantage in that regard?
23 A That's correct.
24 Q Were YOU a member of any particular organizations that
25 faCilitated your involvement in politics?

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1 A Yes.
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( 2 Q What were some of those organizations?


3 A Latin Builders Association.
4 Q How were YOU involved in Latin Builders Association?
5 A In 1971 or 1972 we started the organization. because we
6 were the subcontractors. We were very pressed by some of the
7 inspectors and building inspectors. We were very impressed
8 to the subcontractors, and were trying to destroy some of
9 our subcontractors. ond we decide to form on association in
10 order to help the industry.
11 Q. How for did YOU rise in that organization?
12 A Say again, sir.
13 Q. How for did you--whot kind of position did YOU attain in
14 that organization?
15 A I was president of Latin Building in 1976.
16 Q And how long were you president?
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17 A Two terms.
18 Q And did YOU rerooin active in the Latin Builders
19 Association ofter being president?
20 A As a member. As past president.
21 Q Were YOU able to use some of the friends and contacts
22 that YOU had, as a result of your political activity to
23 assist the Latin Builders AssOCiation?
24 A I cannot answer that question. I know the people or the
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1 was the president.

( 2 Q You said that it was good for Camilo Pedreda, both as a


3 developer, also to help friends that needed help?
4 A That's correct.
5 Q Did friends come to YOU for help?
6 A Yes.
7 Q As a matter of fact, that happened fairly regularly, did
8 it not?
9 A Yes.
10 Q At some point, Mr. Pedreda, YOU got involved in a
11 project known as Coso Delago?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Casa Delago come under investigation by the Federal
L 14 Government?
15 A Correct.
16 MR. HOGAN: Do yOU have a date?
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17 THE COURT: See if YOU can set a time.
18 Q Do YOU know approximately when Coso Delago started to
19 become under· investigation?
20 A I do not know the time, but I think it was after I
21 finished the project.
22 Q Do YOU recall approximately when that was?
23 A I think I finished the project C.O. on November, '89.
24 November 30, '89.
25 Q As a result of that investigation, did YOU enter into a

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1 plea agreement, by which you plead guilty to several


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( 2 charges, or two charges?
3 A Yes.
4 Q What is your understanding, sir, with respect to that
5 plea agreement, that YOU entered into?
6 A First of all, my first request was that my daughter
7 would not be prosecuted, or involved in any investigation.
8 Q How was is it that YOU knew that your daughter was under
9 investigation?
10 A My daughter's lawyer received a letter from the United
11 States Attorney that my daughter was a target of the
12 investigation for not signing one paper.
13 Q So yoU knew that she was a target of an investigation at
L 14 the time that YOU entered into the plea agreement?
15 A Yes, sir.
16 Q Did anyone threaten YOU, sir, that she was about to be
17 indicted or will be indicted, if yOU did not sign or enter
18 into the pleo agreement?
19 A No.
20 Q How old is your daughter?
21 A 35.
22 Q During the period of time that YOU were building Coso
23 Delago, was she an employee for you?
24 A Yes.
25 Q What did yoU plead guilty to?

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1 A I plead guilty to sign a cost certification, false
( 2 statement and to conspiracy to make false statement.
3 Q What is a cost certification?
4 A Cost certification is the--you have to put all the
S numbers together for whatever degree of cost of the project
6 was.
7 Q Basically YOU plead guilty to lYing on that cost
8 certification?
9 A That's correct.
10 Q You plead guilty to conspiracy with others to lie on
11 that cost certification?
12 A Yes.
13 Q What is the maximum penalty, sir, that YOU were are
14 facing for each of those offenses?
15 A Five years.
16 Q For a total of 10 years?
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17 A Yes, sir.
18 Q Whot other agreement do YOU understand was part of this
19 plea agreement the with the United States?
20 A I have to--l have to fully cooperate with any
21 investigation that I am on, and that I would not be in
22 charge of any other investigation that was in place.
23 Q In other words, you received immunity against other
24 charges for other possible charges arising from
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1 agreement?

( 2 A Yes.
3 Q Do YOU remember how many investigations YOU were told
4 were under way at that time?
5 A It was two investigations.
6 Q Which of the two ore we referring to?
7 A Coso Delago.
8 0 Which is the one YOU plead to two counts?
9 A Yes.
10 Q What was the other one?
11 A Porta Del Sol. Another project--100 unit project.
12 Q Porta Del Sol--whot were YOU under investigation for in
13 Porto Del Sol?
14 A Because when I bought Porto Del Sol, I bought the
15 contract in Porta Del Sol. I raised the price from $700,000
16 to $800,000. I
17 Q The affect of which YOU were going to get $80,000, that
18 YOU were, at that time not entitled to?
19 A At the time I signed the contract, I was entitled
20 because I don't have any contract with the developer. At
21 the time I signed the contract, I was acting just as a
22 buyer, as a middleman.
23 Q Mr. Pedredo, you did attempt to conceal the $80,000 in
24 the form of a broker commission] did YOU not?
25 A Yes.

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1 Q That was Just in case you became 0---

( 2 A A general contractor.
3 Q For that project?
4 A That's correct.
5 Q They would not know YOU hod received some money from the
6 proceeds of the sale?
7 A Yes. By the some token, if I don't issue a general
8 contractor I will receive the money.
9 Q Mr. Padreda, your anticipation of receiving --your
10 anticipation was thot YOU would have a chance of getting the
11 contract to build that property in Porto Del Sol.
12 A Be aware that it was the first time I did work for or do

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some type of deal with these people, out in the audience
that I never know before.
15 You are right when I say I change that nome to the
16 real estate, is because I want to be safe in order to get I
17 the money. And also I want to tell yOU that when I put the
18 70 thousand dollars down payment for that project, if the
19 project was no close, and we don't gO to the closing, or
20 they don't give the contract to me, I can lost the 70
21 thousand dollars, personally.
22 Q You were under investigation for that, were yOU not?
23 A That's correct. Also after I become general contractor,
24 wos, yOU know, on offense.
25 Q You did become general contractor for that offense, did

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1 YOU not?

( 2 A Yes.
3 Q You did not return that 70 thousand dollars, did you?
4 A No.
5 Q Port of that plea agreement that yoU plead guilty to the
6 two offenses that we talked about in Casa Delago, there was
7 an agreement not to charge yOU with any offenses arrising
8 out of Porta Del Sol?
9 A That's correct.
10 Q Did the United States make any other promises or
11 agreements with yOU in exchange for your plea agreement?
12 A Yes.
13 Q What were they?
14 A That I connot--that the agreement will be void and null
15 if I make any false statement.
16 Q What else? Were YOU given any other type of immunity?
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17 A Could you be more specific?
18 Q Were yOU given immunity for any information that yOU
19 provided the United States Government, pursuant to this plea
20 agreement?
21 A Yes, sir.
22 Q What was your understanding with respect to that
23 agreement?
24 A That anytime that I have to gO to the Grand Jury or
( 25 answer any Questions that YOU hove, United States Government

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1 has, I have to truthfully answer the questions and

(• 2 cooperate with YOU in any investigation that is going on.


3 Q Is it your understanding that we con charge YOU for
4 crimes thot you odmit to, pursuant to this plea agreement?
5 A No, sir.
6 Q In other words, your understanding is that we cannot
7 charge yOU for anything that yOU tell us, for any crimes YOU
8 admit to, pursuant to this plea agreement?
9 A Yes, sir.
10 Q What other agreements did the United States make? I am
11 referring specifically to your daughter?
12 A That she would not be in charge for any investigation
13 that ~as on this project. If I not truthfully answer ony
14 questions, or cooperate. my daughter can be charged anyhow.
15 Q Was there on agreement. sir, with respect to restitution
16 in the plea agreement? I
17 A Can yOU---
18 Q Was there an agreement by yOU to give UP 0 certain
19 amount of money that was being escrowed by the United States
20 Government--give UP your claims to that money?
21 A Yes. They request in order to restitution on the money,
22 Porta Del Sol, to toke all my profit, which was about
23 $129,000--$119,000.
24 Q That was being held in escrow by the United States
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1 A For two and a half years.
( 2 Q Have YOU agreed to waive all Your rights to that money?
3 A Yes.

4 Q What else did the United States agree to do in exchange


5 for your cooperation and your plea of guilty to two counts
6 of lying and conspiracy to lie--what others?
7 A I no understand Your Question.
8 Q Were there any agreements pertaining to your sentence,
9 Mr. Podreda?
10 A No, sir.
11 Q Did the Government agree to do anything at the time of
12 your sentence?
13 A The only Question of the other thing that I ask the
14 Government of the United States, was not to prosecute my
15 daughter. That was my major request. The Government--I do
16 remember the Government said thot ot the time of my
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17 sentence, they will tell the Judge that I have been
18 truthfully with the Government 1 but I don't have any
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19 agreement with the Government in view of my sentence, or
20 they will do anything to help in the sentence.
21 Q Has anybody promised YOU what the Government will say at
22 the time of sentencing?
23 A No, sir.
24 Q Has anybody promised you what type of sentence the
25 Government will recommend, if any?

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1 A No.

( 2 Q Did YOU, pursuant to this plea agreement, in fact, enter


3 a pleQ of guilty to counts one and two in case number
4 90-739-Cr-before Judge King, in this district?
5 A Yes.
6 Q Mr. Padreda, did YOU plead guilty because yOU were
7 guilty?
8 A Yes, I was.
9 Q You indicated that port of that agreement was to
10 cooperate with the United States and provide information to
11 the United States for which you would receive immunity. We
12 could not prosecute YOU for any crimes yoU may have that yOU
13 admit to during Your cooperation?
14 A Yes, sir.
15 Q Did YOU, in fact, provide information to the United
16 States?
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17 A I asked the question the United States has in some
18 investigation, yes.
19 Q Did YOU provide information to the United States with
20 respect to re-zoning of property within the--re-zoning of
21 property before the Dade County Commission?
22 A Yes, sir.
23 Q What kind of information did YOU provide to the United
24 States Government, with respect to that?
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1 part of a commission or filing fee to one of the
( 2 commissioners.
3 Q Was this involving, I think it is called a Beaegao Armas
4 Trust?
5 A Yes, sir.
6 Q Did I pronounce that correctly?
7 A Beaegao Armas.
8 THE COURT: Spell it, please.
9 A B-e-a-e-g-a-o A-r-m-a-s Trust Two.
10 Q Basically what kind of information did yOU provide,
11 pursuant to questions asked by YOU, by the United States
12 Government, regarding that property?
13 A That one of the Dade County Commissioner's help me to
L 14 sell property.
15 Q Did he do anything else, in addition to helping YOU sell
16 the property?
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17 A When he come to me and provide me with, that he can
18 offer me the sales of the property to one of the buyers;
19 that were we were working with him for a period of time, and
20 this gentleman have not provide the final contract, the
21 commission, through his daughter, who was a real estate
22 salesman. He told me he can help and get that contract.
23 Q He also told YOU he can help YOU in another way, did he
24 not?
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1 trailer park, to go to the---

( 2 MR. HOGAN: Could YOU speak a little--I am having


3 trouble with the accent.
4 THE COURT: Just slow down a little bit for us,
5 please.
6 Q Mr. Padreda, Just slow down.
7 A I am sorry.
8 Q Try to speak directly into the microphone.
9 THE COURT: Would YOU repeat that answer, please.
10 Read that last answer, please.
11 A To the cnmmission hearing.
12 Q To do what?
13 A To speak for the re-zoning.
14 Q Did YOU have an interest in that property?
15 A r have 25 percent interest in the project.
16 Q You had other partners involved in that property?
17 A Yes.
18 Q The sale of that property was contingent upon the
19 rezoning?
20 A That's correct.
21 Q There was no--there would be no finder fee for the
22 county commissioner~ unless the property was rezoned?
23 A Yes, sir.
24 Q You knew that that county commissioner would support the
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1 fee?

( 2 A That's correct.
3 a The fact is, was the property rezoned?
4 A Yes, it was.
5 Q The fact was, or is, did that county commissioner get
6 it--o finder's fee?
7 A Yes.
8 MR. HOGAN: Let's get the commissioner's name.
9 MR. CHAYKIN: We object. I will be glad to
10 approach sidebar.
11 THE COURT: His request is granted.
12 Q What is the nome of the county commissioner YOU are
13 referring to?
14 A Jorge Valdez.
15 Q How did Mr. Valdez receive the finder's fee from yOU,
16 sir?
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17 A Through different checks. Through different companies.
18 a That was because Mr. Valdez's, I believe YOU said,
19 daughter, was not a registered real estate broker, or real
20 estate salesperson, at that time, or do YOU know?
21 A At the time that it finalized she was not--she did not
22 have a license yet.
23 a Were yOU involved--pursuant to your plea agreement, did
24 yoU also talk about rezoning of another property, located
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1 A Sir, I don't think that was the right answer. The

( 2 property was on the moster plan.


3 Q I'm sorry. Was the property that was located west of
4 the Palmetto---
5 A To be included in the master plan.
6 Q Did YOU have an interest in that property?
7 A I have a contract to buy five acres, at cost.
8 Q At cost?
9 A At cost.
10 Q Why were yOU getting a contract to purchase that
11 property, at cost?
12 A Because, if that property will be included in the master
13 plao, automatically will be substantial increase in the
14 price.
15 Q What were yOU to do--who were the owners of that
16 property?
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17 A Beaegao Armas.
18 Q What were yOU to do in exchange for being able to
19 purchase this property for cost? What did they expect yoU
20 to do?
21 A Do any lobbying with every person I know in the county
22 commission.
23 Q Did yOU, in fact, do that?
24 A r did port of it. I talked to some of the persons.
25 Q Did YOU speaK to Mr. Valdez?

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1 A I talked to Mr. Valdez, too. Yes, sir.
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2 Q Do know of any agreement that was reached between
l YOU

3 the owners and Mr. Valdez, in exchange?


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4 A I understand there was an agreement between Mr. Valdez
5 and the owners of the property.
6 Q What was your understanding of the agreement?
7 A The agreement was that Valdez want a piece of the
8 property or something in exchange, but that was between
9 Valdez and the owner. I was not present.
10 Q Did Mr. Valdez talk to yOU about that?
11 A Mr. Valdez told me one day he did not want to
12 be--specifically he did not wont to be screwed by these
13 people.
14 Q What was that?
15 A He did not want to be screwed by these people. But I
16 was not in the conversation between them. I was not I
17 present.
18 Q But YOU found out about that conversation through some
19 of the other people who owned the property?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Now, there was another matter that yOU told the United
22 states Government, pursuant to questioning, with respect to
23 the election of the City Manager of Miami. Is that correct?
24 A Yes.
25 Q What was it that yOU told the agents, and the assistant

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1 United States attorney's Questioning YOU about that?

( 2 A When they Questioned me about what happened, I tell the


3 truth, and the truth was that one of the commissioner
4 requests help in his coming fund raising, if he will vote
5 for Sergio Pereira.
6 Q What did that commissioner wont?
7 A The commission wont---
8 Q Do yoU want me to identify the commissioner? Who was
9 the commissioner we are referring to?
10 A Demetrio Perez.
11 Q What did Mr. Perez want in exchange for the support
12 of--Sergio Pereira was the city monager or going to be the
13 city manager?
(- 14 A To vote for Sergio Pereira. He wonts Sergio Pereira's
15 friends to do a fund raising for his campaign.
16 Q Did he wont anything else? Did he wont some type of
17 guarantee?
18 A When we talk about that we will raise the money in his
19 coming campaign , it was six months. During the next of six
20 months he wont to be sure we no back UP for that agreement,
21 and he would like to see that money would be held in escrow.
22 Q Were arrangements mode by certain individuals to put
23 money UP in escrow as a guarantee?
24 A Yes.
25 Q How much money was put up in escrow as a guarantee?

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1 A $50,000.
( 2 Q Was that money ever turned over to Mr. Perez?
3 A No.
4 Q Why was that?
5 A He never gO to Sergio Pereira.
6 Q As part of your plea agreement, and the information YOU
7 were providing to the United States Government, did yoU also
8 provide information with respect to the Esperanza Project?
9 A Yes.
10 Q What was your understanding--how did yOU first become
11 involved in the Esperanza Project?
12 A During my--during 1982, I was in Texas and I have three
13 portners in Miami dOing nothing, and we were trying to get
14 some work after we finished the last project from HUn in
15 U.S. 1 ond 37 Avenue. And we went to see different cities,
16 and one of the city I visit was the City of Hialeoh was
17 looking to see if they have any job available in the near
18 future.
19 At that time I was informed that one of the
20 projects that they called Esperanza would be advertising for
21 request for proposal.
22 Q Who did yOU speak to?
23 A I speak with the Mayor, Raul Martinez.
24 Q Who was that?
25 A The Mayor.

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1 Q Do YOU see him in the courtroom. today?

( 2 MR. HOGAN: Stand UP.


3 A Yes. The Mayor of Hialeah.
4 MR. CHAYKIN: For the record, identifYing the
5 defendant, Raul Martinez.
6 Q How did YOU arrange to meet Raul Martinez. at that time?
7 MR. HOGAN: Could we have a date and time?
8 Q Do YOU remember when it was YOU first talked to Raul
9 Martinez about the Esperanza Project?
10 A Summer of 1982.
11 Q It has been established that the--do YOU recoIl when the
12 advertisements were placed in the ad for the place in the
13 poper for the Esperanza Project?
14 A I don't recall the date of the request for proposal. it
15 was put in the newspaper, no.
16 QW~s the conversation with Raul Martinez before or after?
17 A Before.
18 Q Where did YOU meet Raul Martinez?
19 A In his office in the City Hall.
20 Q Did YOU call UP beforehand?
21 A I don't recall if I called, but J believe I did call.
22 Q Had yOU met Raul Martinez before?
23 A Yes. Many times.
24 Q In what way?
25 A Mayor Raul Martinez was, in 1970, he was in a campoign

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1 with Maurice Ferre, helping me, and he was helping also
( 2 Mayor Ferre to be elected to the Dade County Mayor. later
3 on Mayor Martinez helped me to get a project called Heldon
4 Townhouses?
5 Q What year was that?
6 A That have to be in 1971 or 1972. No. Late in 1972, and
7 Mayor Martinez provide me--introduced me to the Mayor of
8 Hialeah, as well as the chairman of the water and sewer} who
9 owned the project.
10 Q What other contact did YOU have with the defendant, Raul
11 Martinez, subsequent to that?
12 A I become friends with Mayor Martinez during quite a few
13 campaigns, and personal friends.
14 Q Did yOU ever raise money for Raul Martinez?
15 A Yes.
16 Q Do yOU recall which election that yOU raised money for,
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17 or which elections yOU raised money?
18 A I remember to raise money for Mayor Martinez in his
19 election for Mayor of Hialeah.
20 Q That is when he was running against Dale Bennett?
21 MR. HOGAN: Objection. Leading.
22 THE COURT: Objection sustained. Don't lead your
23 witness.
24 Q Do yOU recall--who do yOU recall who he was running
25 against for that position?

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1 A No. I do not remember.

c 2 Q Do YOU recall what year that was?


3 A Have to be 1980 or '81. I don't recall exactly what
4 year it was.
5 Q Did you--what did YOU do to raise money for Raul
6 Martinez?
7 A ASK for the friends to give a check for Mayor Martinez
8 campaign. Ask special people who work for me in
9 construction, my sub-contractors, and so on.
10 Q People YOU would hire to do work?
11 A More or less.
12 Q How much money did YOU raise?
13 A Two or three, maximum $3,000, I don't recall.
(- 14 a Did Raul Martinez know who yOU were in 1982, when YOU

15 met with him in the summer of '82?


16 A r don't understand your question. I
17 Q Did YOU have any difficulty in getting appointments for
18 Raul Martinez in the summer of 1982?
19 A No.
20 Q What transpired at that meeting, what tooK place?
21 A Mayor Martinez told me that he is in the process of the
22 plans to have request for proposal of the project for the
23 elderly houses.
24 Q Did he give YOU any other information how many units, or
25 anything else?

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1 A No.

c 2 Q Did there come a time that YOU learned that the request
3 for proposal was advertised?
4 A Yes.
5 Q Do YOU recall how YOU learned that?
6 A Through the newspaper. I was informed by one of my
7 partners.
8 Q Do yOU recall which partner inform YOU have that?
9 A Mr. Sacasa, I think at that time. At that time I was in
10 Texas, and Mr. Sacosa called me and told me
11 MR. HOGAN: Objection. Hearsay.
12 THE COURT: Sustained.
13 Q Based on what Mr. Sacasa told YOU about the proposal,
14 did YOU do anything?
15 A I aSKed them to pick it UP the plans and the specs.
16 Q And do yOU know if they did that?
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17 A Yes, they did.
18 Q Let me show YOU what has already been admitted into
19 evidence Government's exhibit 107.1, and ask yOU if yOU
20 recognize the writing on that?
21 A That was Mr. Alfredo Osorio?
22 Q That is---
23 MR. HOGAN: Can I see that?
24 Q Do YOU recognize his signature?
( 25 A Yes, that is Alfred Osorio's Signature.

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1 Q That is the same Osorio-- Alfredo Osorio who was your

( 2 partner?
3 A Yes.
4 Q Does that indicate he picKed UP a request for proposal
5 from the housing authority?
6 A Yes.
7 MR. CHAYKIN: May I publish this for the jury.
8 THE COURT: Yes.
9 Q Did YOU, shortly after the receipt doted August 3D,
10 1982, cause a letter to be written to the housing authority,
11 expressing your interest in the project?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Let me show YOU what has been marked as Government's
14 Exhibit 116.2 for identification, and ask if YOU---
15 Mr. Pedreda, after your office received the request for
16 proposal from the Hialeah Housing Authority, did yOU hove
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17 any further contact with Raul Martinez, or anybody else from
18 his office?
19 A Yes, sir, I have.
20 Q Please tell the ladies and gentlemen of the jury, what
21 the next contact was with City Hall?
22 MR. HOGAN: What did we do with 116.1?
23 MR. CHAYKIN: We are changing the number.
24 THE COURT: Are YOU offering 116.1?
25 MR. CHAYKIN: I don't know about 116.1. I changed

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1 what I referred to.
( 2 THE COURT: It is in the record.
3 MR. CHAYKIN: 116.2 is in the record, not the
4 document listed on the exhibit list. We now change what I
5 referred to 116.2 incorrectly with Mr. Pedreda to exhibit
6 129 presently for identification. It has not been offered
7 at this time.
8 THE COURT: Thank yOU.
9 THE COURT: Are YOU offering 129?
10 Q Mr. Pedreda, I ask YOU to look at Government's Exhibit
11 129 for identification, and ask YOU if YOU recognize thot
12 letter.
13 A Yes, sir. It is my letter.
14 Q Does that appear to be your Signature?
15 A Ye s l i t wa s .
16 MR. CHAYKIN: We would offer 129 in evidence. I
17 MR. HOGAN: I have no objection.
18 THE COURT: Received.
19 (GOVERNMENT'S EXHIBIT 129 RECEIVED)
20 Q What is that letter?
21 A This is the letter to the Hialeah Housing Authority,
22 attention to Mr. Morganti, requesting some information about
23 a sub-cost and clarifications.
24 Q Did YOU draft that letter?
25 A No, sir.

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1 Q Who drafted that letter for you?
2 A Mr. Osorio?
3 Q What did Mr. Osorio--what was his function 1n your
4 partnership agreement?
5 A Mr. Osorio was a portner in charge of the whole project,
6 like a project manager. like a project developer.
7 Q What was his responsibility as project manager?
8 A Mr. Osorio was responsible for the plans and specs and
9 the price out the project.
10 Q Who was the one responsible for puting the
11 proposals--your proposals together?
12 A Mr. Osorio.
13 Q So, he was the one who prepared that letter?
(- 14 A Yes.
15 Q You signed that letter?
16 A Yes.
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17 Q Do YOU know where YOU were at the time YOU signed that
18 letter?
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19 A I am pretty sure I was in Texas when they sent it over
20 mail, express mail to me to be signed, and sent it back to
21 them right away.
22 Q Why were you in Texas?
23 A At the beginning of the month, during the payments of
24 the projects in Texos, I used to be in Texas the lost week
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1 pay the sub-contractors, and do a request for poyment, a
( 2 draw with the bank inspection with the bank. And that
3 inspection took place the lost week of the month.
4 Q You would fly when your business was there?
5 A I used to be here 15 days and 15 days in Texas, more or
6 less.
7 Q You traveled bacK an forth, as port of your business?
8 A Yes.
9 Q Did there come a time, after your first meeting with
10 Raul Martinez in the summer of '82, that yOU met again with
11 someone at City Hall?
12 A I was called by Mr. Castano.
13 Q Do yOU recall approximately when YOU were called by Mr.
14 Castano?
15 A Had to be the around the 8th to the 10th to the 12th of
16 September.
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17 Q Do YOU know Mr. Castano first name? Do YOU recall his
18 first nome?
19 A Give me a moment. Julio Castano.
20 Q Did YOU know who Julio Castano was?
21 A Julio Castano was an assistant to the City Hall,
22 assistant to the Mayor, assistant administrator, assistant;
23 something like that.
24 Q Hod YOU met him before?
( 25 A Yes, at the City of Miami.

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1 Q At the City of Miami?

( 2 A Yes. He was working for the City of Miami.


3 Q Whot was he doing for the City of Miami?
4 A If I recall, he was in charge of one of the
5 projects--development projects in the City of Miami.
6 Capitol investment or something like that. I don't recall
7 exactly the nome of the department.
8 Q Did Mr. Castano tell YOU in his telephone conversation
9 why he wanted to see you?
10 A No.
11 a Did YOU see him?
12 A Yes. I went to see Mr. Castano.
13 a Where did yOU met with Mr. Castano?
14 A I met with Mr. Castano at Mr. Castano's office.
15 a Where is his office?
16 A At the City Hall, in the forth floor. I
17 Q Where is that in relationship to Raul Martinez's office.
18 A In relation to the Mayor's office, it is the opposite
19 port of the building. on the east side of the building.
20 Q Where is Raul Martinez office?
21 A Northwest of the building.
22 Q Is it on the some floor or---
23 A Yes.
24 Q What happened at the meeting with Julio Castano?
25 A At the meeting with Julio Castano. he told me that he

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1 was trying to help me into put it together this project;
( 2 that he would do his best to help me in this project.
3 Q What else did he soy to you?
4 A During the meeting also, he asked me for, that he is
5 looking to buy, or change or trade his car, and he was
6 looking to buy a Mercedes. And he asked me to help him to
7 get financing for the $20.000 that he need for the cor.
8 Q How did he ask yOU to get financing? What did he wont?
9 A He wonted to get financing to the cor.
10 Q Why was he talking to YOU about it?
11 A I have no ideo. But I think he was looking for me to
12 help him to finance the cor.
13 Q When yOU SOy finance, was he looking for YOU to finance
14 it for him?
15 A I believe he was asking me to--specificolly, he was
16 asking me help him in finance the cor,
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17 Q What did YOU take that to mean, Mr. Pedreda?
18 A That he was looking for some type of help from my own
19 money.
20 Q From your pocket?
21 A That's correct.
22 Q Did you--was there any connection in your mind between
23 the Esperanza Project, and his request for money?
24 A He was talking about Esperanza before he was asking for
25 the car.

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1 Q When did this meeting occur?

( 2 A At his office.
3 Q When approximately?
4 A It would have to be after the first week of September.
5 Maybe the 8th, the 10th, the 9th. something like that.
6 Q Middle of September?
7 A Yes. I would say so.
8 MR. HOGAN: Objection. If he is going to lead
9 him, then write the date on the board. I object to that.
10 THE COURT: Overruled. Go ahead. But don't lead.
11 The objection to leaoing is sustained.
12 MR. CHAYKIN: I am putting September 8th and 9th
13 and lOth which is what he mentioned.
L 14 Q What did yOU do, as a result of that conversation, Mr.
15 Pedredo?
16 A As a result of that conversation, I went to the Mayor I
17 office, and I requested the Mayor's secretary that I need to
18 talk to the Mayor.
19 Q Why did YOU do that?
20 A Because I was mod with Castano.
21 Q Why were yoU mad at Castano?
22 A The way he aSKing for financing of his car.
23 Q Did YOU see the Mayor at that time?
24 A Yes. He came out from--he came out for a minute.
25 Q Did YOU talk to him at that time?

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1 A I talked to the Mayor at that time and told him what
( 2 Castano just told me. The Mayor told me that that was his
3 problem, that is UP to him. He knows what he is doing. And
4 after that dote, Castano never talked to me again about
5 that.
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6 Q Was that meeting with Raul Martinez, that yoU just
7 described?
8 A The some day at five minutes, 10 minutes after I talked
9 to Mr. (astano.
10 Q How did Raul Martinez react---whot was his---
11 A He told me that his problem. He know what he is doing.
12 That his problem, and ofter that day, I never hear again
13 from Mr. Castano.
14 Q Did YOU have any other meetings with Raul Martinez,
15 after this meeting?
16 A I believe, before we present the bid, we went to see I
17 Mr.--I went to see Mayor Martinez, requesting if the land
18 was included or will hove to be included on the bid. The
19 Mayor have no answer of that.
20 Q Let me stop YOU for a second.
21 MR. HOGAN: I object to stopping him.
22 MR. CHAYKIN: I was trying to get a date.
23 THE COURT: Go ahead.
24 Q Do yOU know approximately how long after this meeting
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1 A It have to be about a week~ more or less.
( 2 Q Where did this meeting take place?
3 A At the Mayor's office.
4 Q Did YOU call ahead of time for on appointment?
5 A Yes.
6 Q Did YOU receive on apPointment?
7 A Yes.
8 Q When you entered the Mayor's office~ was there anybody
9 else present?
10 A No.
11 Q What took place at that meeting with Raul Martinez?
12 A His office?
13 Q Yes. On this meeting right here.
14 A His office.
15 Q What took place--what was said by yoU, and what was said
16 by Raul Martinez?
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17 A What I say? I was asking him about whot if the land
18 have to be included or not, that we have a Question about
19 the land. He don't have the answer ot that time.
20 Q What was the issue that YOU had land included in what?
21 A On the bid.
22 Q As part of your project?
23 A On the port of the cost for the bid.
24 Q What was his response?
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~ 25 A That he have to check out. He have no ideo at that

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1 time.

( 2 Q Did he say anything to YOU, anything else to YOU at that


3 time?
4 A We discussed at that time also that he would like to
5 see--he would like to see a cooperation--he would like to
6 see something like $150 thousand dollars for the commission.
7 Q When he said $150 thousand dollars for the commission,
8 do you know who he was referring to?
9 A No. I don't know if It was for the housing authority.
10 or was for the Commissioners of the City of Hialeah.
11 Q What did YOU say to that?
12 A That I hove to talk to my partners.
13 Q Did YOU protest?
14 A No, sir.
15 Q Why did YOU not protest?
16 A Why I have to?
17 Q Well, just the week before yOU said Julio Castano asked
18 for the money, and yOU went running to the Mayor.
19 MR. HOGAN: Objection. Argumentative.
20 THE COURT: Sustained, to the form of the
21 Question.
22 Q How were you--how were you gOing to pay him the $150
23 thousand dollars?
24 A I told the Mayor I come to talk to my partners.
25 Q Was there any general discussion on how to be paid?

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1 A At that time we don't discuss anything about how it

( 2 going to be paid.
3 Q Was there any discussion about when it would be paid?
4 A No at that time.
5 Q Was there a time it was discussed, when it would be
6 poid?
7 A I went to see my partners, When my--when I finally
8 talked to them --
9 Q When did YOU see your partners?
10 A That Sunday,
11 Q What did YOU tell your partners?
12 MR. HOGAN: Could I find out who was present?
13 Q Do yOU recall who YOU spoke to at this meeting?
L 14 A Alfredo Sacoso and I believe Alfredo Osorio was present.
15 Q What did YOU tell them?
16 A That I received 0 request for $150,000.
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17 Q From whom?
18 A From the Mayor of Hialeah.
19 Q Did YOU discuss on how YOU would pay it with your
20 partner?
21 A At that time, my partner said we don't have the $150,000
22 in the banks or anything.
23 Q Who said that?
24 MR. HOGAN: He has 3 partners.
25 Q Who said that?

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1 THE COURT: Go ahead.
( 2 A. Mr. Socosa.
3 Q If YOU did not have the money, how would YOU be able to
4 pay it?
5 A It have to be from the profit of the project.
6 Q How was that gOing to be done?
7 A You got a profit on the project. You can draw every
8 month from the profit of the project. A percent equal to a
9 percentage of finish in the project.
10 Q What do YOU mean by that? Explain to the jury how yOU
11 get paid on a project, such as this one.
12 A Any project that the Government has, or any other
13 project that YOU draw every month at a percentage of
14 completion of the job, ot the time that YOU present a
15 percent of completion signed by the architect or engineer,
16 you establish how much work YOU have done. Based on that,
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17 yOU also can have equal "XU percent for overhead and profit
18 that YOU don't have to present any invoices or anything.
19 Q It's computed into the numbers already?
20 A That's correct.
21 Q And then what happens to that money when you receive it
22 from the draw?
23 A In any other project, we receive it, and we put it in
24 our account, and the rest we pay the sub-contractors.
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10 1 to payout to Raul Martinez, or anybody else that YOU wonted
( 2 to pay money from?
3 MR. HOGAN: Objection. Speculative.
4 THE COURT: Overruled.
5 Q How would YOU show justification for the check coming
6 out of your firm, to what, whom to whomever? How could yOU
7 justify?
8 A First of all, I don't have to show anything to request
9 the money. I have to show a percent of the work, of the
10 subcontractors. I have to present a release of lien, and
11 the amount of invoice for the sub-contractors, for profit
12 and overhead, yOU don't have to present any release or any
13 amount of account invoice.
14 When YOU receive the money, yOU are receiving the money
15 to your account. Then YOU reimburse or YOU pay the invoice
16 to the subcontractors, and the rest which is of the profit, I
17 YOU keep in your account.
18 Q After discussion with Mr. Socoso, did YOU then have any
19 other conversations with Raul Martinez?
20 A I went to his house at the day after, and told that my
21 partner agreed to the $150,000.
22 Q Where did yOU gO when YOU advised them of that?
23 A I went to the Mayor ~artinez house.
24 Q Had yOU been there before?
25 A I don't recall being there before.

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1 Q Did YOU know who Has present at that time?
( 2 A It was people working in the house. I don't know the
3 nome. I sow one, who was Mr. Cardona, was there.
4 Q Did YOU know Mr. Cardona?
5 A I know Mr. Cardona from way before.
6 Q What was being done on the house?
7 A It was remodeling inside the house.
8 Q What was Mr. (ardona--what did it appear that Mr.
9 Cardona was doing?
10 A It appeared he was in charge of the remodeling inside
11 the house.
12 Q When YOU spoke to Raul Martinez about saying your
13 partners agreed, when was that in relationship to the---
(- 14 A The day after.
15 Q What was his response at that time?
16 A I don't think he gave me any response at that time.
17 Q Was there any discussion with him as to how yOU would
18 pay him?
19 A I tell yOU we talking about it. I said that we can pay
20 as the job progressing.
21 Q Was that acceptable to Raul Martinez?
22 A I believe it was.
23 Q How would YOU pay him during the course of the
24 construction?
( 25 A With a check.
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1 Q From what fund?

( 2 A From my company.
3 Q Were YOU going to make it out to Raul Martinez?
4 A We never discussed that, sir.
5 Q Do yOU think that is the way yOU would do it?
6 MR. HOGAN: Objection.
7 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
8 Q By the way. how much profit were YOU anticipating making
9 on the Esperanza project?
10 A I don't have the numbers, or I was not the one who put
11 the numbers together. but according to what I hear or what I
12 know about from Alfredo Osorio, it was over ~500,OOO.

13 MR. HOGAN: Objection.


L 14 THE COURT: Overruled.
15 A Over $500 OOO.J

16 Q In addition to that $500,000 profit, as a matter of


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17 course, do YOU include 0 certain amount of padding?
18 MR. HOGAN: I object to him leading this witness.
19 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
20 Q Do yOU ever include contingencies in your preparation of
21 proposals?
22 A Yes.
23 Q Do YOU recall what percentage, or is there a customary
24 percentage that yOU compute into the total cost os
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1 A It could be anYwhere from three to five percent.
( 2 Q That would be of what number, three percent or five
3 percent of what number?
4 A Of the total amount, the bid.
5 Q If the bid was $5,000,000---
6 A Sir.
7 Q If the bid was $5,00Q/000~ how much would that
8 contingency be?
9 A Anywhere from $150 to $300,000.
10 Q Was that in addition, or included in the profit?
11 A That was included on the volume of the bid.
12 Q That is--what I am trying to Soy, that is included as
13 expense, before YOU get to your profit?
14 A That's correct. As a contingencY, it is not including
15 the expense, as a contingencies.
16 Q After that discussion, was a proposal prepared by Camilo
17 Padreda, General Contractor, Inc?
18 A It was prepared by the Corporation called Camilo
19 Padreda, General Contractor, Inc.
20 a Did yOU recall, or do YOU recall having any
21 conversations with Alfredo Osorio with respect to that
22 proposal?
23 A I have Quite a few conversations, YOU know, on the
24 proposal.
25 Q Subsequent to that proposal being filed, which it has

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1 been established as September 30, 1982, did yoU continue to

{ 2 have conversations with Alfredo Osorio about your proposal?


3 A Yes, sir.
4 Q What kind of--whot, if anything, were YOU discussing
5 with Mr. Alfredo Osorio, after the proposal was submitted
6 to the Hialeah housing authority?
7 A We are generally talking when I was in Miami, but I
8 received a call when I was in Texas, that a piece of the
9 roof--
10 MR. HOGAN: Could we receive it?
11 Q From whom did yOU receive this phone call?
12 A From Alfredo Osorio?
13 Q What did he tell you?
14 A That we have---
15 MR. HOGAN: Objection.
16 THE COURT: I am sorry. I
17 MR. HOGAN: Objection. Hearsay. I would like to
18 approach the Bench.
1
19 (SIDEBAR CONfERENCF)
20 MR. HOGAN: Again, I can't make objections unless
21 I know who is speaking. Can yOU tell me who is speaking?
22 MR. CHAYKIN: I thought I identified him.
23 MR. HOGAN: You did.
24 THE COURT: let him finish.
25 MR. HOGAN: When yOU soy talk to his partners

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1 about this, I have to know who he talks to to be able to
( 2 object.
3 THE COURT: He is doing a pretty fair job,
4 counsel. He is asking him to improve on it and identify at
5 all times.
6 MR. CHAYKIN: I am always trying to learn.
7 THE COURT: My thoughts were about the names of
8 the County commissioners.
9 MR. CHAYKIN: I wont to explain the Government's
10 reason. It was because there a pending investigation; at
11 the same time, Mr. Valdez is not in Court able to defend
12 himself.
13 THE COURT: That is one of the tough ones. That's
L 14 the way yOU present it.
15 MR. HOGAN: 801.2D.
16 MR. CHAYKIN: That 1s the basis for admission.
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17 MR. HOGAN: Subject to connection.
18 THE COURT: All right.
19 (SIDEBAR CONCLUDES)
20 Q With respect to this telephone conversation that yOU had
21 with Mr. Alfredo Osorio, can YOU tell us approximately when,
22 in relationship to the filing of the proposal, yOU had this
23 conversation?
24 A Will yOU repeat that question, please.
25 Q It has been established that the proposol--all the

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1 proposals were submitted to the Hialeah Housing Authority on

( 2 September 30, 1982. The conversation yOU are about to


3 relate to us, with regard to Alfredo Osorio when, ofter--how
4 long after the filing of that proposal did this conversation
5 occur?
6 A Have to be at least two weeks after that proposal was
7 presented.
8 Q What did Mr. Osorio--what do yOU recall Mr. Osorio
9 telling you?
10 A That in the--on the roof of the houses, the pitch of the
11 roof were invert, and they have to correct the pitch of the
12 roof of the houses.
13 Q Did Mr. Osorio tell YOU how he knew that?
L 14 A Mr. Osorio told me thot--I don't recall he mentioned any
15 person, but he told me that somebody come to our office, and
16 we have to change the plan of the roof of the houses.
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17 Q Did he identify who it was who come onto your office?
18 A I cannot reCall, but I think he told me it was --
19 Q I don't want YOU to think--if YOU recall.
20 A I don't recall, exactly who it was. When he called,
21 when he moke a colI, I don't think he told me who it was on
22 the phone.
23 Q Did yOU, at this point, or shortly thereafter. learn
24 whether or not there was anyone from Hialeah Housing
25 Authority, visiting?

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1 A When he come back to Miami l
yes.
( 2 Q Who was it that YOU learned was visiting or coming to
3 your office?
4 A According to Alfredo Osorio told me it was a man called
5 Cardona.
6 Q Do yOU recall his first nome?
7 A Antonio Cardona.
8 Q Did Mr. Osorio tell yOU what Antonio Cardona was doing
9 going to your office?
10 A Requesting to change the plan l because the plan was not
11 acceptable--at the roof of the --the pitch of the roof was
12 not acceptable.
13 Q Was Mr. Osorio--what was Mr. Osorio asking to yOU do?
14 MR. HOGAN: I objection. Leading. Asking for
15 conclusions. I ask for the conversat ions.
16 THE COURT: nverruled gO ahead.
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17 Q What was Mr. Osorio asking to YOU do when he was
18 relaying this information to you?
19 A Mr. Osorio informed me that he went to the architect and
20 changed the pIon.
21 Q Did YOU ever have to speak to the architect?
22 A No, sir.
23 Q Who was the architect?
24 A David Perez, from Guterrez, Perez and Fallicker.
( 25 Q Mr. Padreda l did yOU know whether or not it was

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1 permitted to change the plans after the filing of the

( 2 proposal with the H.H.A?


3 A According to Mr. Osorio, it was a minor change, and
4 according to Mr. Osorio the change was allowed because on
5 the review of the selection review people, called him to
6 they can change the plan. He never told me it was illegal
7 to change the plan. Mr. Osorio never told me.
8 Q I understand that. Mr. Padreda, YOU had been involved
9 in H.U.D. projects, before have YOU not?
10 A Yes, sir.
11 Q You know that once plans are submitted, they ore not
12 supposed to be changed?

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,- 13
14
A Many times yOU send plans and have been changed bock and
forth and also changes after construction stort.
15 Q Why did yOU believe Mr. Cardona was providing YOU with
16 this assistance? I
17 A I believe they wanted--first of all there was a mistake.
18 It was an honest mistake on the plan.
19 Q Why did Mr. Cordono-- why did yOU believe Mr. Cardona
20 was helping you?
21 A I think it is better to ask Mr. Cardona why he help me.
22 He have to have somebody asking him to help me.
23 Q Who do YOU think asked him to help you?
24 MR. HOGAN: Objection.
25 A The housing---

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1 MR. HOGAN: Excuse me. I object. Speculative who
2 he thinks helped him.
3 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
4 Q Do YOU know why YOU were getting this help, Mr. PaQreda?
5 A Why?
6 Q Yes.
7 A Ask the Question agoin~ please.
8 Q Do YOU know why, sir, yOU were getting this help from
9 Mr. Cor dono?
10 A I received 0 coll--my office received 0 visit from Mr.
11 Cardona with a set of plans to change the set of plans. To
12 change, I believe, one or two page on the roof plans.
13 Q Did YOU know about any changes in plans in the actual
L 14 site solution?
15 A I notice the change of the roof after I come to Miami.
16 Q How about the site solution?
17 A I never, never, recalled chonge on thot.
18 Q My question to you earlier was---
19 A You soy site plan change.
20 Q Yes.
21 A No. I no remember a change in the site plan.
22 Q Why, sir, were YOU getting this assistance from Antonio
23 Cardona?
24 MR. HOGAN: He is still aSKing him to moke on
( 25 inference upon inference. I object.
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1 THE COURT: Overruled. If he can answer it.

( 2 A Will YOU repeat it.


3 Q Why were YOU getting this assistance from Antonio
4 Cardona?
5 A Because some--they wont to help me on the project.
6 Q Who was they?
7 A The Housing Authority, the City of Hialeah.
8 Q Why were they trying to get help YOU get the project?
9 A If YOU put it that in my mind what I would thinK,
10 because they will get remuneration for that if I get the
11 project.
12 Q What were they going to get?
13 A $150 thousand dollars.
L 14 Q Who was it that first asked YOU about that $150 thousand
15 dollars?
16 A The Mayor. I
17 Q What if YOU did not pay Raul Martinez after getting your
18 project? What would happen? What was your understanding
19 about this?
20 MR. HOGAN: Objection.
21 (SIDEBAR CONFERENCE)
22 MR. HOGAN: He is saying what if; what did YOU
23 think, who did yOU think? His internal process, he says who
24 had paid YOU or who asked for it? The mayor. Cardona. I
25 object.

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1 THE COURT: I will rule on the objection when it
( 2 arrives.
3 MR. HOGAN: I object to that one.
4 THE COURT: That was his understanding.
5 Overruled.
6 (SIDEBAR CONCLUDFD)
7 BY MR. CHAYKIN:
8 Q Mr. Padreda, when YOU do a H.U.D. project, how is it
9 paid out during construction?
10 A You have a dote, to the 25 of the month, and present a
11 request for payment. And we do receive the money. 10
12 percent of the money will be hold as a retainer to the
13 project, or every draw.
14 Q How much is left over at the end for yOU, for YOU to
15 obtain from H.U.D. at the end of a project?
16 A 10 percent of the whole amount of the project.
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17 Q If the construction cost in the project was 3,500,000,
18 how much would be leftover at the end to obtain from H.U.D.?
19 A $350,000.
20 Q Would that have been the case in the Fsperanza Project?
21 A If it is funded by Federal Government, it is mandatory.
22 When yOU have 95 percent completion, yoU can request five
23 percent of that retainer, which means 50 percent of the
24 retainer, that equal to five percent.
25 When yOU got 95 percent or more finish, then the

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1 architect have to sign a paper called substantial

( 2 completion, and then the H.U.D. will disperse, sometimes UP

3 to five percent, five percent of the retainer--J'm sorry, 50


4 percent of the retainer.
S Sometimes they hold the five percent--the final
6 five percent, maybe UP to a year.
7 Q What was your understanding would happen to that
8 retained money, if YOU did not pay the $150 thousand dollars
9 that was requested by Raul Martinez?
10 A It is easy to have a lot of problems to get a C.O. If
11 yOU are going to follow the all the rules and regulations
12 and specks, it will be very tough to get a final C.O.
13 Q How would that effect your ability to get the retained
L 14 money?
15 A I would not obtain my money until I have the final C.O.
16 And also after the final C.O, YOU have one year which is a I
17 12 month guarantee that YOU have to keep Q bond or the money
18 for one year guarantee.
19 After the final C.O, if 12 to 15 month period that
20 YOU hove to keep, more or less] five percent in bond or in
21 money the escrow with the Housing Authority.
22 Q What did YOU believe, sir--what was Your understanding,
23 sir, that Raul Martinez could do to prevent yOU from getting
24 thot lost installment of money?
25 A Raul Martinez is the Mayor of Hialeah] and he is also

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1 the person who supersedes the inspectors and the housing
( 2 authority.
3 Q How did YOU understand or believe he could affect---
4 A I don't have any idea at that time l
because we plan to
5 pay that money.
6 Q Why did YOU agree to pay that money?
7 A Because my partners and II we agreed that we need the
8 project l and in order to get the project. we have to agree
9 to that.
10 Q What was your understonding if YOU did not agree to POY

11 the $150 thousand dollars?


12 A That then we will not get the project.
13
13 Q Did have conversations with Mr. Osorio subsequent to
<- 14
YOU

that telephone calli with respect to the changes being made


15 to the proposal?
16 A When I came back to Miami. Yes, sir.
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17 Q How many conversations do YOU think yoU had with him
18 during this period of time, about the changes in the
19 proposal?
20 A I have no idea.
21 Q Was there something else going on during this period of
22 time? And I am suggesting a period of time between
23 September 30, 1982 1 to December 13th, 1982/ when the finol
24 hearing occurred on the proposal. Was something else going
25 on in your life during that period of time?

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1 A In my what?

( 2 Q In your life?
3 A Yes.
4 Q What was that?
5 A I was indicted in Texas on November ?.
6 Q What were yOU indicted for?
7 A I was indicted for, in Texas, for the project that was
8 built in Texas with the bankl the Jefferson Savings Bank.
9 Q What became of that indictment? When were yOU indicted?
10 A November 2, 1982.
11 Q Do YOU recall, in relationship to that date, and
12 September 30, 1982, when the proposal was submitted, YOU hod
13 the conversations with Osorio that yOU just testified about?
L 14 A Yes l sir.
15 Q When was that?
16 A In the middle of September -- October.
I
17 Q What happened to thot indictment?
18 A That indictment was dismissed. I was dismissed from the
19 indictment, and we requested a trial to expunge my record.
20 The Judge expunged my record. And the order of the Judge
21 says I can lawfully deny that I have been indicted.
22 Q But, YOU were indicted?
23 A Yes.
24 Q Do YOU recall when that order of expungement was
( 25 entered?

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1 A I don't have any ideo. but it was six, eight months in
( 2 1983. I believe it was.
3 Q Before that order of expungement. was the indictment
4 dismissed?
5 A Yes.
6 a Was that pursuant to any--why was the indictment
7 dismiss?
8 A Because I was not--l was not guilty of anything.
9 a Did yOU enter into any type of an agreement with the
10 United States Government, to get that indictment dismissed?
11 A I was engaged in an agreement with the Federal
12 Government to hove--I don't recall exactly what they call
13 it.
14 a Did yOU ever hear of a term coIled, pre-trial diversion?
15 A Pre-trial diversion. that is correct.
16 Q What was your understanding of that ogreement? I
17 A I don't have to accept that I was guilty of anything.
18 That if the period of time I don't recall if it was one year
19 or 8 months or something, that I have to report every month
20 to the Texas United States Attorney office.
21 Q Did yOU do that?
22 A Yes, sir. Not for a year. For when they have all the
23 facts, they dismiss this order and I don't have to report
24 anymore ofter I believe five. six months.
25 Q let me show yOU Government's Exhibit 81 for

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1 identification, and ask YOU if YOU recognize that.

( 2 A That is the Order of Expungement.


3 Q Take a look at it. Would that refresh your recollection
4 as to when the order was entered?
5 A November 8, 1984. This is the dote of the file.
6 November 8th.
7 Q Let me show YOU what has been marked Government's
8 Exhibit 82 for identification, and ask YOU if YOU recognize
9 that document?
10 A That was a Petition of the Expungement of the record.
11 a As prepared by your attorney?
12 A By my attorney.
13 Q In it does it refresh--if yOU would just read the first
L 14 page--refresh your recollection as to when the indictment
15 was dismissed.
16 MR. HOGAN: I have no objection. I
17 Q I think the document indicates the indictment was
18 dismissed---
19 A On February 28, 1984.
20 MR. HOGAN: He is offering it. I have no
21 objection to be offered.
22 THE COURT: Do yOU want to offer it?
23 MR. CHAYKIN: They are marked for identification.
24 Q I believe yOU testified yOU were indicted in November?
25 A Second.

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1 Q Mr. Padreda, do you recall the day that the


( 2 Commission--The ~ialeoh Housing Authority Commission was to
3 make a decision on who was going to win the Fsperanzo
4 Project?
5 A If YOU repeat that Question, I would appreciate it.
6 Q Do YOU recoIl the meeting in which the housing
7 authority was to mOKe a decision on the Esperanzo Project?
8 A I was not at the meeting.
9 Q Do yOU recall certain events taking place at the time of
10 that meeting?
11 A At the time of the meeting, no, because I was not there.
12 Q After the meeting?
13 A After the meeting, Mr. Osorio---
14 Q Do yOU recall events occurring after the meeting that
15 yOU did participate in?
16 A Yes, sir. I
17 Q Do YOU recall when that occurred?
18 A The night of the meeting.
19 Q Do YOU recall the date of that meeting.
20 A It has to be between December 12 and 13.
21 Q How is it you remember that?
22 A Because on the following day, two days after, I went to
23 the hospital. I had an operation.
24 Q Were YOU ilIon December 13?
25 A Sir?

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1 Q Were YOU suffering from what yoU hod--for what YOU had
( 2 the operation for? Were YOU suffering on December 13?
3 A Yes. Four Years--for four years.
4 Q What do YOU recall. sir, occurred on the evening of
5 December 13?
6 A That Mr. Osorio come to my house with the architect, and
7 maybe another person, which I don't recall who it was.
8 That he told me that he withdrew--he personally withdrew
1.4
9 from the bid, before the bid was opened.
10 Q Did YOU know why, or did he tell yoU why he withdrew
11 from the bid?
12 A He told me that David Perez received--have a
13 conversation with one of the other bidders for another
L 14 company, and another company told Mr. Perez that the FBI was
15 there in investigating the event.
16 Q Did he tell YOU--- What did he tell YOU what the other
I
17 bidder told him they were investigating?
18 A They were there investigating, or was there--they were
19 there looking for whatever happened.
20 Q What was your understanding that the FBI, if the FBI was
21 there, what they were investigating?
22 A They investigating the procedure of the bid.
23 Q How long did that meeting toke place--how long did it
24 last--that meeting?
25 A In my house?

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1 Q Yes.

( 2 A Half an hour. Maybe a little more.


3 Q Why was Mr. Osorio telling YOU this?
4 A He was one of my partners. He have to tell me what
5 happened. He was afraid to what happened.
6 Q What did YOU tell him in response?
7 A ~e did it right. He did what he was supposed to do.
8 Q Why did YOU tell him that?
9 A Because we don't wont to have anymore problems. That we
10 just have a big problem a month before.
11 Q What was that?
12 A My indictment.
13 o Why else l other than your indictment--why else did YOU
L 14 say he did the right thing?
15 A Because, we don't want another investigation with the
16 FBI.
17 o Why did YOU not wont an investigation with the FBI?
18 A If we have this case $150 thousand dollars because Emmer
19 told--Emmer told--Emmer is the company. The person for
20 Emmer told David Perez that the FBI was there investigating
21 if the money offered to the project or money requested for
22 the project.
23 0 After Mr. Osorio left your house, what did YOU do?
24 MR. HOGAN: Could we have a time?
25 Q Do yOU know approximately when he left your house?

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1 A I don't have any idea. It would have to be after 8:00
( 2 or 8:30.

3 Q What condition were yoU in at that time?


4 A SOY again.
5 Q What condition were yOU in at that time?
6 A I wos--I have a big pain on the hemorrhoids, which I
7 have been having problems for the lost four years. At that
8 time I was bleeding all the time. And the doctor ask me to
9 get to the hospital os soon as possible. I wos at home and
10 resting at home, and I cannot go out because sometime when I
11 go out, my pants was with blood.
12 Q What did YOU do after--what was the next thing YOU did
13 have Mr. Osorio came to your house?
(- 14 A I don't recall if it wos that day, or the day ofter. I
15 went to the Mayor house.
16 Q Why did yOU 90--you're talking about Raul Martinez?
17 A Mayor Martinez's house.
18 Q Why did YOU gO to his house?
19 A I went to the house to inform him as to why Mr. Osorio
20 withdrew from the project.
21 Q Do yOU know--do you know if he already knew?
22 A No. I don't know.
23 Q Do YOU recall who was present?
24 A At the house was present, Cardona, and somebody else
25 which I don't remember who it wos. Another person.

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1 Q Do YOU recall approximately what time that meeting was?
( 2 A It was at night. I cannot say. I would say between 7:00
3 and 9:00 1 something like that.
4 Q What did YOU tell Raul Martinez at that meeting at his
5 house?
6 A What Osorio told me at my house.
7 Q Which is what?
8 A That the David Perez have a conversation with one of the
9 Emmer person or representative, and the Emmer told David
10 Perez that the FBI was there investigating the procedure,
11 the bidding, because they were aware of the--they were
12 suspicious or they have some information that money was
13 offered or was requesting in this project.
14 Q What was Raul--who was present? Who was present at that
15 time?
16 A ~r. Cardona and another person, which I don't recoIl the I
17 nome. It was somebody else there.
18 MR. HOGAN: Could we have the sex of the other
19 person?
20 THE COURT: We will allow you. Go ahead.
21 Q Were YOU expecting anybody else to be there when YOU

22 arrived at Raul Martinez house?


23 A No.
24 Q Do YOU recall?
25 A I don't expect him to have anyoody there, or have a lot

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1 of people there. No. I have no idea.
2 Q Had yoU called ahead of time?
3 A I don't think I called. To the best of my recollection.
4 I went direct to his house.

5 Q What did Raul Martinez say to YOU after YOU told him
6 this?
7 A According to what he knows, my project was the best
8 project, at the best price, and I have the vote. But the
9 project was the best project.
10 Q Why did he tell YOU that?
11 A Because he believed that was a good project, I believe.
12 Q Did he indicate to YOU whether or not YOU should have
13 withdrawn the proposal?
{,-
14 A Will YOU repeat thot.
15 Q Did he indicate to YOU whether or not YOU should have
16 withdrawn the proposal? I
17 A I believe thot he soid} YOU don't have to withdraw. You
18 have the vote. You have the best project.
19 Q This was--were YOU aware of the fact your indictment was
20 in the newspaper?
21 A Yes, sir.
22 Q You knew that it come out in the newspaper?
23 A My indictment?
24 Q Yes.
25 A Yes.

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1 Q Was that before or after?
15
( 2 A November 3rd, it was in the newspaper. November 3rd was
3 the newspaper in Texas] and November four was the newspaper
4 in Miami.
5 Q Did something occurr in this meeting r sir, December 13
6 or 14 that YOU don't recall whether it was the same day of
7 the meeting?
8 A I don't recall if it was the some day, or day after.
9 Q Something happened at that meeting at Raul Martinez's
10 house thot--yoU recall that meeting?
11 A Something happened? It was no other discussion. We I

12 were sitting at the living room, at the entrance of the


13 house, and they were there two other persons.
1
14 Q Was there something that happened that was embarrasing
15 to you?
16 A Oh, yes. I was bleeding on the sofa. The sofa was 0

17 good sofa. I was very upset, because my blood was on the


18 sofa. And we have to clean the sofa.
19 Q Do yOU recoIl checking into the hospital?
20 A If I recall what?
21 Q Checking into the hosPital?
22 A I checK in the hospital? The dote yoU wont?
23 Q Do YOU remember when it was?
24 A On December fifteen.
25 Q Was there a record?

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1 A December fifteen.

( 2 Q There are records that I can show yoU to refresh your


3 recollection, as to when it was?
4 A Yes.
5 Q What records are those?
6 A I hope it is admitting papers to the hospital. ~o?

7 Q I will show YOU what has previously been marked as


8 Government's Exhibit 84 for identification. And do YOU

9 recognize cOPies of these documents?


10 A This is the date of the discharge~ December 20.
11 Q Do the records indicate when YOU were admitted? Let me
12 just save some time, and I will direct you to a particuJor
13 page.
14 A Admitted 12-15-82.
15 Q Do yOU recognize these as your medical records for that
16 surgery?
I
17 A Yes.
18 Q Which hospital was that?
19 A Mercy Hospital.
20 Q What Kind of medical treatment did YOU receive at the
21 hospital?
22 A I hove the operation on the 17th of December.
23 Q To correct YOur bleeding problem?
24 A The hemorrhoids.
t 25 Q Going bock to that meeting at Raul Martinez's house in

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1 which Antonio Cardona was there on December 13 or 14th?
( 2 A Yes. I remember Cardona.
3 Q Do YOU remember what, if anything, Raul Martinez stated
4 to Antonio Cardona?
5 A If he SOy something to Cardona? No. I don't remember.
6 Q Did YOU have occasion to thank Antonio Cardona for his
7 assistance?
8 A Please repeat that.
9 MR. HOGAN: Objection.
10 THE COURT: Sustained.
11 Q By the way, Mr. Padreda" have you--when was the lost
12 time YOU have seen Antonio Cardona?
13 A I don't recall, but it have to be seven or eight years.
14 Q Did yoU ever have occosioo---
15 A I don't thinK I see Mr. Cardona maybe 1984/ 1983, '84.
16 Q What about Mr. Osorio?
I
17 A Mr. Osorio and I, we went, about a year and a half ogo
18 to Pompano Beach to see a project, about a year and a half
19 ago. Maybe two Years.
20 Q At that time, did YOU have any idea you were under
21 investigation, with respect to the crimes YOU plead guilty
22 to?
23 A No.
24 Q When was the last time yOU saw Mr. Cardoso?
25 A Mr. Cardosa? The some day we went--the 3 of us went

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1 together in my cor to Pompono.

( 2 Q That was the lost time YOU sow him?


3 A That was the lost time I sow him. I.ater on he is a
4 client of my wife, and he have been in my wife's store many
5 times.
6 Q Have YOU had occasion to talk to Mr. Osorio, Mr.
7 Carooso,or Mr. Caroono about your testimony in this case?
8 A I have never talked about the testimony of the case. I
9 talked to Mr. Osorio. I sow Mr. Osorio at the restaurant on
10 Bird Road and 87th, after the indictment occurred from Mayor
11 Martinez. And I asked him what yOU dOing? He said the only
12 thing he is doing, he is telling the truth. And that was
13 the end of the conversation. And he walk away.
14 Q Mr. Padreda, do yoU recognize some of these gentlemen
15 Sitting over here?
16 A Most of them. Yes.
I
17 Q Why don't YOU introduce them.
18 MR. HOGAN: Objection.
19 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
20 MR. CHAYKIN: I hove no further questions.
21 T~E COURT: Cross-examination.
22 CROSS EXAMINATION
23 BY MR. HOGAN:
24 Q Mr. Padreda, I want to see if I can clear up in my mind
( 2.5 something. In the Government's chart here, can YOU see

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1 that?

( 2 A Sir, again.
3 Q Can YOU see this chart from there?
4 A Yes, I see the chart.
5 Q You can see the dotes?
6 A Yes.
7 Q My name is JOY Hogan. I represent Mr. Martinez. Next
8 to me is EvelYn Greer. You have not talked to anybody in my
9 office about this case, have you?
10 A No, sir.
11 Q We requested, through your attorney's, to speak to yoU,
12 prior to coming to Court, do yOU recall that?
13 A No.
L 14 Q Your attorney's did not tell YOU we asked to speok to
15 you?
1& A My attorney, Mr. Sam Rabin. Yes.
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17 Q You, through his advice, said YOU did not want to?
18 A That's correct.
19 Q This summer of '82 meeting with Raul Martinez, that was
20 a time when YOU were gOing around to a number of
21 municipalities to see if they had work. Is that correct?
22 A That's correct.
23 Q In the summer of '82 that would have been June, July and
24 August, the hot days?
25 A I believe so.

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1 Q In the summer of '82 he told YOU there were going to be
( 2 o package or bids coming UP on a large project. Esperonza.
3 A A request for proposals.
4 Q A request for proposals?
5 A Yes.
6 Q Bids ore a request for proposals. I mean
7 advert1sements--excuse me. Advertisements in the newspapers
8 are what?
9 A Advertising is to present a request for proposal.
10 Q He said there will be advertisements for request for
11 proposals?
12 A That's correct.
13 Q In the summer of '82?
14 A Yes.
15 Q Did YOU know, sir, that the Mayor of Hialeah, at a
16 public meeting of the City Council, held in Hialeah, Florida I
17 on Tuesday, March 23, 1982, some three months before that,
18 had announced that H.U.D. had advised him that morning
19 that the site hod been denied for public housing, that site
20 2B previously under consideration, also had been denied and
21 H.U.D. will give the City time to advertise for proposals
22 for another site for the 133 units which Mayor Martinez---
23 MR. CHAYKIN: Is this a question?
24 MR. HOGAN: Yes.
25 Q Mayor Martinez---

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1 MR. CHAYKI~: I object to the form of the
( 2 question.
3 THE COURT: Overruled.
4 Q Mayor Martinez added that H.U.D. has indicated that they
5 feel the area West of the Palmetto Expressway lacks the city
6 services at this time, which are necessary for consideration
7 as a site for public housing.
8 Mayor Martinez went on to say that the Hialeah Housing
9 Authority should look for another site and submitted it to
10 H.U.D. for approval. Then they can advertise for a
11 developer of the pre-determined site.
12 Did yoU know that that had gone on in March?
13 A ~o, sir.
L 14 Q Big surprise to you. You don't cover the community
15 newspapers to see if advertisements or bid are coming up?
16 A I was in Texas most of the time, sir. I was not the one I
17 who was looking for that newspaper.
18 Q You would just go to the offices?
19 A No, I work. But the person who have is looking for that
20 was Mr. Alfred free to
21 Q You are not trying to imply there was anything wrong
22 with the Mayor telling YOU what he told the council three
23 months before, are you?
24 A I have no ideo what happened three months before.
25 Q When YOU testified before) were YOU meaning to imply. in

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1 the summer of '82, that the Mayor was giving YOU some secret

( 2 information?
3 A No.
4 MR. HOGAN: I misunderstood. I apologize.
5 MR. CHAYKIN: I object.
6 THE COURT: Objection. Don't make any statements,
7 counsel.
8 Q The Government took yOU back to your birth in Havana,
9 Cuba. Do YOU recall testifying about that sir? You were
10 born, were yOU not, August 25, 1933?
11 A Yes, sir.
12 e How old are you?
13 A 58.

14 Q You have a wife and five children. do you not?


15 A I have five children.
16 Q Your wife works with yOU. She is employed. and has a I
17 business as part of your corporation?
18 A My wife?
19 Q Yes.
20 A No. sir. She is not.
21 a She is not on officer in your corporation?
22 A No.
23 Q Well, wasn't she on officer in the construction company
24 that built this, or tried to build this project?
25 A No.

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1 Q Was she the secretory for the contractor?
( 2 THE COURT: Did YOU understanD the question?
3 Q Was she the secretary for the contractor, being YOU,

4 that was putting in the bids? That is an officer of the


5 corporation.
6 A She was secretory way before, but I don't recall whether
7 she was secretary ot that time when t hove a joint venture
8 with the Sacaso groups.
9 Q The Sacosa groups were the finanCing people, were they
10 not?
11 By the way, Mr. Sacasa js olso dead, is he not?
12 A Yes, s1r, he is.
13 Q You were the contractor, were YOU not?
14 A I was the general contractor.
15 Q And the Socaso group was going to arrange for the
16 financing?
17 A Yes.
18 Q. There were four partners?
19 A That's correct.
20 Q You, as the contracting group, Sacoso, Osorio, and
21 Herdocea. Is that correct?
22 A Herdocea. Yes, sir.
23 Q Were to YOU share equally in the proposal?
24 A 25 percent.
25 Q Each?

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1 A Yes.

( 2 Q What I am asking YOU, sir~ is whether or not, on


3 September 30, 1982, the day yoU submitted your proposal,
4 while I understand YOU were in Texas, your wife, Jenette
5 Padreda. was the secretary to your corporation?
6 A I don't recall. Maybe she was at that time. I don't
7 know.
S Q What is her first nome?
9 A I don't understand what your Question is.
10 Q What is your wife's first name?
11 A Jenette.
12 Q Is she a notary public?
13 A Yes she is.
L 14 Q Let me s~ow YOU Government's exhibit in evidence---
15 When the proposal was submitted. I am showing YOU

16 Government's Exhibit Number 106, the proposal, Hialeah


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17 Housing Authority, Esperanza project. You remember this was
18 your proposal?
19 A Yes.
20 Q You recognize the book?
21 A Yes.
22 Q Let me show YOU page number 9, date stomped at the
23 bottom 204802, You testified YOU were in Texas on September
24 30, 1982, when this was submitted. Is that correct?
( 25 A Yes.

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1 a Here is a place for your signature, and the signature of
( 2 Jenette Padreda, as secretary?
3 A Yes.
4 a Let me ask YOU a question, before yOU answer, please,
5 sir. Wos--is that the signature of your wife, Jenette
6 Padreda?
7 A That's correct.
8 a Is that document dated and subscribed and sworn to
9 before a notary public.
10 A Yes, sir.
17
11 a It swears that that person, Jenette Padreda, signed that
12 document on September 30, 1982, while YOU were in Texas, as
13 a secretory of your corporation?
L 14 A Right. That's correct.
15 Q Does that refresh your recollection, possibly, that
16 Jenette Padredo was an officer of that company? I
17 A That was secretary of the office of the corporation.
18 Q The secretory and officer of the corporation.
19 A I believe so.
20 Q While yOU were in Texas, sir, on September 30, 1982,
21 could yOU tell me, sir} how your wife swore to the fact that
22 you signed that document, on September 30, 1982?
23 A Th1s document was signed by myself 1n Texas, and sent
24 back to Federal Express the some day, and my wife come and
, 25 signed that document.

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1 Q That YOU had personally appeared before her~ and sworn,
( 2 and she affixed her notary signature?
3 A I don't recall that.
4 a You don't have to recall it. Look at it. It is in
5 evidence. Do YOU see, sir, your name there? Sincerely
6 yours, Camilo Padreda, General Contractors, Inc, by Camilo
7 Padreda, President, dote September 30, 1982?
8 A That's correct.
9 Q Do yOU see this, sir, subscribed and sworn before me,
10 this 30 day of September, 1982, my commission expires?
11 A Yes.
12 a Jenette Padreda.
13 A That's correct.
L 14 a Your wife?
15 A That's correct.
16 a Were YOU in Texas, or were YOU in Miami? I
17 A According to this document, I was in Miami that day.
18 According to this document, I supposed to be 1n Miami when I
19 sign it.
20 Q That is why it is difficult eight years ago to be able
21 to determine where yoU are on a certain dote, at a certain
22 time, is it not?
23 A That's correct.
24 a Taking that into account, sir, did YOU have on
25 opportunity to look through this proposal before it was

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1 filed.

( 2 A I don't think I looked at the it, page by page.


3 Q r understand. But, certainly as the contractor, yOU
4 would be interested in what YOU were proposing?
5 A Yes, but also be aware, that one of my partners is in
6 charge to put it together--the bid.
7 Q Osorio?
8 A That's correct.
9 Q Who YOU rely on?
10 A Yes.
11 Q Who yOU trust?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Who is a truthful and honest individual?
L 14 A Yes.
15 Q And who was present, I believe yOU told us, with Mr.
16 Sacosa when YOU told him the Mayor of Hialeah wanted
I
17 $150,000.
18 A To the best of my knowledge, he was there.
19 Q The proposal requires YOU to submit, what is known as 0

20 resume. Are YOU familiar with such a document?


21 A Yes, sir.
22 Q Did yOU submit such a resume, a long time ago?
23 A I believe it is there.
24 Q Have yOU had a chance to read it?
( 25 A No, I have not had a chance to read it right now.

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1 Q Well, I mean in the last few days, has the Government

( 2 shown YOU this document in the last month or so. to let YOU
3 read it, to refresh your recollection?
4 A No.

5 Q You graduated from Havana Business University, in


6 Havana?
7 A Yes. I went there one year. To Havana Business
8 University. I don't SOy I was graduated,

9 Q I apologize if I attempted to mislead YOU. I did not

10 SOy that, It should SOy College of Havana Business


11 University.
12 A Yes.
13 Q You were there a year?
14 A Yes.
15 Q There is the resume, sir.
16 A Yes. sir.
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17 Q Do yoU want a copy to follow along? You can use this, I
18 will use my copy.
19 Q Before Castro took over in Cuba, yOU were in the
20 service, were yOU not?
21 A Yes.
22 Q In the service--actuollY in the special services. Were
23 yOU not in the Cuban Armed Forces?
24 A Yes.
25 Q You worked for the joint chiefs of staff, did you?

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1 A Yes.
2 Q In the Army Intelligence Service?
3 A Yes.
4 Q You were an Aid to the Chief of General of Operations of
5 the Cuban Army?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q That is what the resume says?
8 A Yes, sir.
9 Q Were yOU also with B.R.A.T.--B-R-A-T?
10 A B.R.A.T. Yes, sir.
11 Q What 1s B.R.A.T?
12 A Bureau for the Refraction of Communist Activities.
13 Q That was a bureau that many Cubans, here in the United
14 States, are proud of--you were attempting to keep communism
15 down in Cuba, were YOU not?
16 A That's correct.
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17 Q You had a distinguished career with them.
18 A I believe so.
19 Q You were, in 1959, a strong, intelligent, honest man,
20 were YOU not?
21 A Yes, sir.
22 Q Taught by the Army?
23 A 1958.

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25
Q

A
1958. You left in 1958?
I left the beginning of 1959.

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1 Q I did not know exactly, but it said 1952 to 1959 in your

( 2 resume.
3 A January 1st 1959.
4 Q 1958. What I mean, at thot time, YOU had been well
5 trained?
6 A Correct.
7 Q You had a formal education through high schoal l
n year
8 of college. You were a young man. How old were YOU in '59?
9 A 26.
10 Q Something like that?
11 A 26.
12 Q You were forced, by the onslaught of communism and
13 Castro, to flee your country with your family and children.
~ 14 A I wos left--- I left Cuba first in March, 17, 1958,
18
15 alone, through the Ecuador Embassy--through the Ecuador
16 Embassy, and then came to this country in May of 1959. I
17 Q At that time YOU hod 3 children?
18 A At that time I had two children.
19 Q Two children in-between 1959 nnd 1964 YOU had a third?
20 A In 1961 I hove the third one.
21 Q From your second marriage, yOU had two other children?
22 A Yes, sir.
23 Q After leaving Cuba, as many Cubans had to do, YOU were
24 not a rich person, were you?
25 A No, I was not.

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1 Q You had to gO to work?

( 2 A Correct.
3 Q To support the children.
4 A Correct.
5 Q You went to work in honest, industrious employment, did
6 YOU not?
7 A Yes, sir.
8 Q You went to work in a number of jobs. I think YOU told
9 Mr. Chaykin YOU started working in a flower shop?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q I don't know that it is in Your resume.
12 A It is the missing day I was at the Everglades Flower
13 Shop working at December, 1961 until March, 1962. Its not
L 14 shown that--it is not related.
15 Q You hove a recollection, as yOU have just shown US 1
for
16 dates 1 times, and places?
17 A Some. Yes.
18 Q Some?
19 A Yes.
20 Q And yoU worKed at other jobs to support your family
21 until. YOU finally got into the Trans American Investment
22 Corporation?
23 A That's correct.
24 Q That was right here in Miami. 28 West Flagler Street,
( 25 Suite 500, Miami, Florida?

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1 A That's correct.

( 2 a You were vice-president in charge of construction work~

3 for layout to finish.


4 A That's correct.
5 a Prior to that time, had YOU learned on the job?
6 A Prior to that, 1968.
7 a You just did not pick that UP. You hod to hove some
8 time when yOU were dOing work and learning what yOU were
9 doing, as yOU went along?
10 A Yes, sir. I learned in Cuba when I was 14, 15 years old
11 too, that I was working with my father in one of them.
12 a I am saYing that yOU learned through working?
13 A Yes, sir.
L 14 a And, YOU became a contractor, and in the 1972, YOU
15 formed Flamingo Development Corporation, did YOU not?
16 A Yes, sir.
17 a Between those two years, YOU were President and General
18 Contractor, in a11--in charge of all construction projects
19 built by that company?
20 A That's correct.
21 a There were a number of contracts way bock, that is
22 twenty years 090, almost. You built 840,000 units. You
23 built a turnkey low rent housing project.
24 A I don't understand how YOU soy 840,000 units.
25 Q Probably because I misspoke. 23 Single family

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1 residents.

( 2 A Correct.
3 Q $840,000
4 A $840,000. Okay, I am sorry, I understood 840,000
5 units.
6 Q You built the low rent project; 51 units in Hialeah,
7 Florida in 1971?
8 A Yes.
9 Q Total cost a million three hundred eighty thousand?
10 A Yes, sir.
11 Q You build 110 000 townhouses, Hendon Construction, West
1

12 79th Street and 8th Avenue, in Hialeah, Florida, did YOU

13 not?
L 14 A Yes, sir.
15 Q And it was during that time, sir, that you first met
16 Raul Martinez, He was a young boy, D young moo, twenty-one,
17 twenty-two years old?
18 A That's correct,
19 Q You were somewhat oider l eighteen, seventeen eighteen/I
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20 years older.
21 A Yes, sir,
22 Q As a matter of fact, the Mayor of Hialeah, in this
23 project, owned the project?
24 A That's correct.
( 25 Q And was Raul Martinez working as a broker at that time

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1 and olso running a newspaper?

( 2 A I don't know if he was a broker, but he was running Q

3 newspoper.
4 Q But he introduced YOU to this project~ did he not?
5 A Yes.
6 Q He introduced YOU to the people?
7 A Yes, sir.
8 Q You subsequently got to build the project?
9 A Yes.
10 Q Did YOU pay him?
11 A No, he no ask for anything.
12 Q Not Quarter?
13 A Not a penny.
14 Q There are, on Page 204823, and, YOU have to look at the
15 bottom, on impressive list of other construction projects
16 YOU have hod between 1970 and 1980, are there not?
17 A Yes,
18 Q You built a lot?
19 A Yes.
20 Q You built successfully?
21 A Yes.
22 Q You were well respected?
23 A Yes, sir.
24 Q Were YOU not--yOU built good quality buildings; homes
25 whatever YOU had to build?

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1 A Yes, sir.

( 2 Q You Quilt them for the price YOU said YOU were gOing to
3 build them for?
4 A That's correct.
5 Q. You made money?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q Also, during that time, YOU were, were YOU not, engaging
8 in some political activities?
9 A That's correct.
10 Q Which we will get into.
11 THE COURT: Pick a convenient time in the next few
12 minutes.
13 MR. HOGAN: Which we will get into after lunch.
14 THE COURT: Is this a good time?
15 MR. HOGAN: That's fine.
16 THE COURT: We will be in recess until one I
17 o'clock. Don't discuss this matter among yourselves or nor
18 permit anybody to discuss it with YOu. Don't discuss the
19 matter among yourselves. Don't permit anybody to discuss it
20 with YOU in your presence. Don't read anything about this
21 matter in the newspaper, or television, or radio during this
22 recess period.
23 Don't form or express any opinion about the merits
24 of this case ot this time. The regular routine. Defense
I 25 counsel~ any additional requested instructions.

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1 MR. CHAYKIN: No.
2 MR. HOGAN: No.
3 THE COURT: We will be in recess until one
4 O'ClOCK.
5 (LUNCH RECESS)
6 Q Mr. Padreda, this morning YOU told us that the best YOU
7 recall, YOU were not under investigation until sometime in
8 November of 1989? Maybe I can refresh your recollection.
9 Is it a fact, sir, yOU hired an attorney, Mr.
19
10 Robert Josephsberg, before that time, because there was
11 extensive publicity concerning some of your transactions in
12 April of 1988?
13 A Yes, sir.
L 14 Q You Knew then, that some of YOur dealings, at least with
15 H.U.D, and with Sergio Pereira with the Porto Del Sol
16 $100,000 markup, so to speaK, were under investigation at
17 that time?
18 A What I see in the newspaper, What I read in the
19 newspaper. That's what I know.
20 Q It caused YOU to hire a criminal attorney?
21 A That's correct.
22 THE COURT: Criminal defense attorney.
23 Q Criminal defense attorney?
24 A That's correct.
25 Q That was in or about April of 1988 that investigation

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1 that YOU learned of it. Prior to this time, Governor


( 2 Martinez, who YOU had supported with your work and with your
3 finances with your money, had been appointed to a state
4 position, had he not?
5 A Yes.
6 Q Do YOU recall now, when that was?
7 A I don't recall. At the beginning 1988 or late 1987.
8 Q Let me refresh your recollection, and see if yoU were
9 not a key fund, local fund raiser for governor Bob
10 Martinez's re-election campaign in 1986?
11 A No, I was not.
12 Q You were not?
13 A I was not.
14 Q Not a key fund raiser?
15 A Not a key fund raiser.
16 Q What does a key fund raiser mean?
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17 A I was with the Tom Gallagher campaign, against Bob
18 Martinez.
19 Q Did Gallagher run in the run-off?
20 A No.
21 Q Who did Martinez run against?
22 A I guess the Democrat candidate.
23 Q You were a Republican at that time, were YOU not?
24 A Yes.
( 25 Q Yau had been a Democrat during the Carter

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1 Administration?
- 2 A I hod been Republican, my cord can show you since 1972.
\
3 Q Your what?
4 A '72 or '73.

5 Q You were not a supporter of the Democratic party of Jim


6 Corter for president?
7 A I support a person, not a party at that time. I will
8 support a person.
9 Q What I am saying to YOU is, that on March 16, 1986, did
10 not Martinez appoint YOU to a vacant seat on the state
11 construction industry licensing boord, which licenses and
12 distiplines state tontractors, and sets polities governing
13 the industry?
L 14 A What month?
15 Q March 16th?
16 A What year? 1970? I
17 Q 1988.
18 A Yes.
19 Q You told us on--when the Government was Questioning yOU
20 a while ago, that yOU hod recently been--lost your
21 contractor's license, Camilo Padreda, Contractor.
22 A Yes, sir.
23 Q And that waST YOU learned that, did YOU not, on December
24 20th, 1990?
25 A Did I lose any license in December 20?

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1 Q December 20, 1990, the Metropolitan Dade County Florida


2 Boord, Building and Zoning Deportment issued, did they not,
3 a rule to show couse against you?
4 A That's correct.
5 Q 29, 30 counts?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q Subsequent to that time, there was a hearing, was there
8 not?
9 A Yes.
10 Q Did yOU testify?
11 A No, sir.
12 Q After that hearing, they found YOU guilty on all counts,
13 did they not?
L 14 A I don't think they find me guilty on all the counts.
15 Q How many out of the 30?
16 A I don't recall. I
17 Q Do yOU recall whether it was two-thirds?
18 A I don't recall how many counts.
19 Q As a result of their findings, YOU lost your license?
20 A That's correct.
21 Q You are now appealing?
22 A That's correct.
23 Q Also, in April of 1988, yOU knew, did yOU not, that your
24 dealings with Mr. Delgado and lozer, NV and Renon Delgado
25 were under investigation?

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1 A Yes, sir.
2 Q Prior to being indicted in Texas, did YOU know of the
3 investigation?
4 A What investigation?
5 Q You told us before. thot the Government indicted YOU on
6 November 2, 1982, in Texas?
7 A November 2, 1986.
8 Q Do YOU mean '86?
9 A November 2, 1982.
10 Q That was your testimony. What I am saying is, prior to
11 November 2nd, that YOU recall, did YOU know that YOU and Mr.
12 (ortiah and that is Gilliermo Hernandez Cartiah and Marcello
13 Hernandez were under investigation?
14 A Woo I was not informed that I was under investigation.
15 Q I understand YOU were not informed. I om asking YOU did
16 YOU know? I

17 A I don't know that I was under investigation.


18 Q As to the December 2nd date of the indictment, are YOU

19 sure of that dote?


20 A What day 1s it?
21 Q As the November second, 1982. YOU testified this morning
22 YOU were indicted--you will never forget that, will you?
23 A Yes.
24 Q You will never forget that. will you?
25 A No.
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1 Q You will never forget that date?

( 2 A No. I hove never.


3 Q Let me show YOU a copy of the indictment filed on
4 November 9, 1982. See if that refreshes your recollection?
5 A Yes.
6 Q The indictment was filed November 9, 1982, not November
7 2nd, wos it? November ninth was the date of the evaluation
8 committee meeting. Do YOU recall that, or do yOU know what
9 I am talking about?

10 A I don't know what you're talKing about.


11 Q You do agree with me, do yOU not, that the indictment in
12 Texas was filed November 9th, 1982?
13 A I am pretty sure it was November 2. I don't know. I
14 have the second in my mind. The file was November, but the
15 sealed indictment was November 2nd, or whatever it was. I
20
16 don't know.
17 Q How did YOU know there was a sealed indictment?
18 A I was informed when I get in Texas that there was
19 November 2nd when the indictment.
20 Q But yOU did not get into Texas until November eleven?
21 A I don't recall the date, but I went to Texas the day
22 after--two days after the indictment.
Two days after the indictment was unsealed?

,
23 Q
24 A Correct.
25 Q Two days after yOU learned of the indictment?

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1 A A hum.

( 2 Q And. that was November 9th, was it not, when it was


3 filed in Court?
4 A November 9th.
5 Q Yes.
6 Q What were YOU indicted for?
7 A I don't hear you.
8 Q What were YOU indicted for?
9 A Embezzlement and conspiracy to embezzle the money from
10 the bonk.
11 Q Were you indicted for misapplication of bonk funds,
12 Title 18 United States Code, Section 657, in a conspiracy to
13 misapply bank funds?
L 14 A Whatever it say in the indictment, was.
15 Q You don't recall?
16 A I don't recall.
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17 Q Do YOU recall when it appeared in the newspopers, in
18 Miami, that yOU were indicted?
19 A The day after the indictment, I was in Texas.
20 Q Was it the day yOU were arrested?
21 A When YOU say arrested?
22 Q I mean, yOU surrendered yourself, did YOU not?
23 A That's correct.
24 Q You still had to go in get your picture taken?
( 25 A That's correct.

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1 Q Let me show YOU a doted article from the Miami Herold.
( 2 See if YOU can identify that as betng the article that was
3 published, here in Miami, that YOU are talking to when it
4 became known in Miami?
5 A Yes, sir.
6 Q That article was printed on November 11, 1982. Thursday
7 November 11, 1982.
8 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.
9 THE COURT: Objection to the form of the Question,
10 if it was in the form of a Question.
11 MR. HOGAN: I ask the Government to stipulate to
12 the dote.
13 Q Compare this with the article YOU had. See if it is the
L 14 same article.
15 A Yes.
16 Q Does that refresh YOur recollection? It was two days
I
17 after the indictment, November 11, 1982?
18 A Yes, sir.
19 Q This come as a complete surprise to YOU, did it not?
20 A Yes, sir.
21 Q This was, according to your testimony, sometime after
22 YOU hod discuss $150,000 with the Mayor of Hialeah, Mayor
23 Raul Martinez. was it not?
24 A That's correct.
25 Q Did YOU call the Mayor and soy. "J have been indicted?"

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1 A I don't recall I called anybody.
2 Q Did YOU get in touch with him at that time?
3 A I don't recall.

4 Q Did YOU attempt, ot all, to get in touch with him?


5 A I don't recall.
6 MR. CHAYKIN: Could we have those two items marked
7 for identification?
8 Q Did yOU think that would affect your Fsperanza Project,
9 or your Texas projects at all--you being indicted for
10 misapplication of bonK funds, and conspiracy?
11 A At that time of the indictment, I know for sure I was
12 not guilty of anything.
13 Q I understand. You told us. What I am saying, sir, is
14 sometimes Federal Grand Juries indict innocent people. You
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were one of them, were YOU not?
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Q
I think so.
Okay. What I om saying is, even though yoU were
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18 innocent, they indicted yOU. The mere fact that the


19 indictment costs some doubts on your character, did it not?
20 A Can be.
21 Q Yes. That is whot I am talking about. As of November 9
22 and November II, 1982, yoU had projects gOing in Texas, YOU

23 hod bank loans, and YOU hod a proposal for this Esperanzo
24 project, government's Exhibit 106, that was filed?
25 A Yes, sir.

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1 Q Did YOU have any idea that that might affect your
( 2 dealings with H.U.D, or that might affect your dealings with
3 financing institutions, or that indictment might affect your
4 credit?
5 A I don't think so, because, first of all, in order to
6 affect me. they have to be find me guilty, and that was my
7 recollection at that time.
8 Q There is no H.U.D. regulation if YOU are under in
9 indictment?
10 A I don't know. It was--if it was a H.U.D. regulation, if
11 I was indicted from that.
12 Q It did not affect your YOU at al]?
13 A An affect my life.
14 Q No, affect your credit.
15 A No. My credit--my credit was not affected at all.
16 a Did your wife have to resign from the board of directors I
17 of a bonk?
18 A My wife was resigned from the board of directors to the
19 bank because she no like the way it was conducted the loans
20 at the bank, and ---may I finish?
21 Q Certainly.
22 A And she send a letter or talked to the Chairman of the
23 Boord of the Bank, and told the Chairman of the Boord that
24 the way they was conducting the loans to personal friends of
25 the owner of the bank, that she no like it. And for that

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1 reason, she resigned.

( 2 I don't recall she resigned before or after that


3 indictment.
4 Q Do YOU recoIl in the letter your attorney wrote Mr.
S Marty Steinberg.
6 MR. CHAYKIN: I object. I object to the form of
7 the question.
8 THF COURT: I hod not heard 0 question yet.

9 Q At that time were YOU represented, the time YOU went to


10 get your record expunged by Marty Steinberg of Holland and
11 Knight? Do YOU recall?
12 A It was in 1984. But not in '82. In 1982 I hove a
13 lawyer in Texas; not in Miami.
L 14 Q He got YOU into the pretrial diversion?
15 A That is correct.
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16 Q You went through pretrial diversion?
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17 A That's correct.
18 Q Subsequent to that time the indictment was dismiss?
19 A That's correct.
20 Q Then YOU moved to expunge your record?
21 A Then I hired Marty Steinberg to present it--to expunge.
22 Q Of Holland and Knight?
23 A Yes.
24 Q He is the one who filed Government's Exhibit 82, The
( 25 Petition for Expungement of the record?

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1 A That's correct.

( 2 a Prior to this time, do YOU recall receiving a letter --


3 he spoke for yoU, did he not? You hired him to speak for
4 YOU in this matter to expunge your record.
5 A In Texas?
6 Q Yes.
7 A Yes. He was there.
8 a What I mean is, YOU are the one who went and hired him
9 as your lawyer.
10 A I hired him as my lawyer.
11 Q To speak for YOU, and do the work in Texas?
12 A To do the work,
13 Q To get the records?
14 A That's correct.
15 a In that regard, I am asking yOU if YOU recall him
16 submitting 0 letter to the Court, a copy to YOU, wherein, he
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17 was telling the Court the indictment had affected YOU, by a
18 bonk asking your wife to resign from the Board of Directors.
19 A I believe that happened.
20 a Hod YOU told him that?
21 A I believe my wife talked to him.
22 a Did he also SOy in that letter that officials in Hialeah
23 had told yOU yOU could not, sir, get a project with H.U.D.
24 of about $5,000,000 because YOU had been indicted?
( 25 A I no longer recall that as specific.

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1 Q You'do recall, do YOU not, prior to the Fxpungement
2 Motion that he fl1ed--the motion Marty Steinberg filed?
3 A I don't recall that.
4 Q You don't recall the motion that was shown?
5 A I don't recall. I don't recall the motion. If YOU show
6 me.
7 Q Here is Government's Exhibit number 82, that I showed
8 YOU this morning?
9 A May I read it.
10 Q Certainly.
11 (SIDEBAR CONFERENCE)
12 MR. CHAYKIN: I object to the use of pleadings
13 that we turned over pursuant to this Court's order that were
L 14 ordered expunged and sealed. He is using letters and other
15 documents, the original purpose of turning them over. The
16 document was because the defense felt there was some type of
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17 plea agreement, cooperotion agreement that resulted in the
18 dismissal of this indictment, so we turned 1t over.
19 This Court ordered all the pleadings pertaining to
20 that there was an agreement pretrial diversion agreement
21 that answered the defendants Question with respect to any
22 benefits that this individual received from the Government.
23 Now they wont to go in and cross-examine him on
24 pleadings filed by his attorney, representations made by his
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1 and perhaps written by other people.
( 2 In that process--I object to it. There was on
3 order, Court order sealing those documents. It is a
4 collaterial matter. It contains representations mode by
5 other individuals. I think it goes way beyond. I
6 introduced the order of expungement. It addresses the
7 irrelevant issue of any other agreement.
8 If they want to talk to him about the merits of
9 the indictment or lack of merits, that is one of the things
10 to gO into the pleadings that were ordered by the trial
11 Court. I think it is improper. It is collateral and
12 irrelevant to the cross examination of this individual.
13 MR. HOGAN: Not only did they open it up, this is
14 a letter by his agent hired to do this material. If I have
15 pleadings, the agent filed the latter.
16 His attorney sent the letter to him. He makes a
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17 statement in the letter, Mr. Padreda was advised by
18 officials of the City of Hialeah that neither he nor his
19 company could be considered for a $5,000,000 project by
20 which Mr. Padreda hod an opportunity to obtain due to the
21 pending nature of the charges against him.
22 Those charges were filed November 9. This letter
23 is based and sent to Mr. Padreda prior to the expungement
24 motion, because Mr. Steinberg asked in a motion on October
( 25 12, 1983; it is a prior written statement.

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1 He filed an official proceeding to where the
2 United States AttorneY. his prior statement, just as any
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3 agent. Furthermore, on the expulsion record, the motion to
4 dismiss the indictment was filed by the Government based
5 upon him completing the pretrial diversion; subsequent to
6 that document. The record was expunged in the pretrial
7 diversion records, they gave him, 1t says he accepted
8 responsibility.
9 This man stood in here and said he was 100 percent
10 innocent. I am not gOing into that, but he accepted
11 responsibility for it in order to get it expunged, which 1s I

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12 a completely illegal order for the Government.
13 In their testimony they said they won't appeal
L 14 because there is no such thing. He has used the prior
15 statement in October of '83. He was saying the reason he
16 lost it was because of the indictment. I
17 MR. CHAYKIN: It is not his prior inconsistent
18 statement. It is not his statement. That is a statement
19 from his lawyer. A statement from his lawyer. It is not a
20 prior inconsistent statement; not only that; that is May of
21 '83, October of '83. Almost a full year after the event
22 took place.
23 These matters were ordered expunged and sealed.
24 The purpose, if he wonts to address the responsibility
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1 actions persuant to the pretrial diversion, that is
( 2 appropriate, but to gO into pleadings, Your Honor, because
3 that was the purpose of opening UP the file. he is taking
4 the stand and it is appropriate inquiry; and everything else
5 in that file was considered expunged. The Government
6 represented to the District Court they had had certain
7 facts.
8 MR. HOGAN: You're talking about what somebody
9 else did. I moved for this material. I move it to be
10 unsealed. They said they were getting the file. They were
11 coming UP here and they told me when they got it, I don't
12 mind giving it to yOU, but I need an order from Judge Kehoe.
13 MR. CHAYKIN: That's correct. That was because of
14 possible material pertaining to the agreement he had with
15 the Government. They originally thought he had some type of
16 cooperation agreement with the Government. I think it is
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17 inappropriate to cross-examine him on matters sealed.
18 THf COURT: I would hope yOU will not mOKe a big
19 tent out of it. Let's stay under the main tent.
20 MR. HOGAN: I have to show him. He did not
21 remember. I showed it to the Government. Then I went into
22 expungement, so I can do something.
23 THE COURT: Get down to what yOU wont.
24 (SIDEBAR CONFERENCE CONCLUDED)
( 25 Q Do YOU recall yOU had on opportunity to read that, did

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1 you?
2 A Yes.
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3 Q The Government refreshed your recollection with this
4 document before yOU were able to say that Motion for
5 Expungement was filed the 16th day of May, 1984, correct?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q Prior to that time, Mr. Steinberg, on your behalf,
8 communicated with the Texas Court, and with the assistant
9 United states Attorney, Robert Burke. Do yOU remember Mr.
10 Burke?

11 A That's correct.
12 Q Mr. Steinberg, if yOU recall, said that Mr. Padreda was
13 advised by officials of the City of Htaleah, that neither he
L 14 nor his company would be considered for a $5,000,000
15 project, which Mr. Padreda had an opportunity to obtain, due
16 to the pending noture of the charges against him. And he
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17 sent yoU a COpy of that letter. Do YOU recall that?
18 A No, but I would like to see it.
19 Q Certainly. The expungement was made May 16, 1984. This
20 letter is October 12, 1983. Can I ask YOU before I show
21 this, did yOU obtain in Hialeah, between December 13. 1982,
22 and October 12, 1983, or attempt to obtain any other
23 $5,000,000 contract?
24 A No, sir.
!
~ 25 Q Let me show yOU this letter, October 12, 1983, if YOU

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1 look on the lost page, a copy goes to you?

( 2 A Yes} sir.
3 Q What I am saying} sir, is in October of 1983.
4 A Yes.
5 Q There was Q letter sent to Texas} to get your record
6 expunged?
7 A That's correct.
8 Q Which contains the statement that yOU lost this project
9 in Hialeah, because YOU were indicted.
10 Did yOU tell your attorney that and, authorizing
11 him to tell the Court in the Southern District of Texas?
12 A I think Mr. Marty Steinberg was doing the research at
13 that time.
14 Q The research?
15 A Yes.
16 Q As port of his research} did he talk to you?
17 A He talked to me. I don't recall telling him
18 specifically that I was informed by the officiols of the
19 City of Hialeah that neither he or his company could be
20 considered for a $5}000,OOO project because that project was
21 already done in 1983.
22 Q I understand.
23 A But 01so--1 don't finish yet. I do remember saying to
24 Mr. Steinberg that H.U.D. project in Dade County offiCial
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1 they would not consider me for any projects in the CitY--in
( 2 Dade County.
3 Q When did he tell YOU that, do yOU recall?
4 A I don't recall, but it was after the indictment.
5 Q After YOU where are indicted?
6 A After I was indicted.
7 Q Now, YOU can tell us, without a question of a doubt,
8 that indictment hurt YOU with H.U.D, did it not?
9 A I believe that project was the City of Hialeah Housing
10 Authority.
11 a The man from H.U.n. told you?
12 A No man from H.U.D. told me. I don't know--maybe YOU--

13 Q I must have misunderstood YOU. Let me ask yOU this.


14 A H.U.D. of Dode County. Not H.U.D. in Hialeah.
15 Q H.U.D. of Dade County could not get a project?
16 A That's correct.
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17 a What I am saying is, did yoU tell Mr. Steinberg, in
18 addition, that the officials in Hialeah told YOU yOU could
19 not get that project?
20 A I do not recall to tell Mr. Steinberg I said before that
21 specific, that was advised by officials in the City of
22 Hialeah, that neither he, nor his company would be
23 considered for a $5,000,000 project. Also, remember that my

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portner, we are trying to get a project for the carpet mill
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1 Steinberg was talking about.

( 2 Q Your partner who?


3 A Mr. Alfredo Osorio and Mr. Alfred Sacasa.
4 Q In what year?
5 A 1983?
& Q Do you know the year?
7 A What.
8 Q Do YOU know the year?
9 A Not specific, but 1t have to be between 1982 and 1983.
10 Q The problem iS I they were not your partners in Camilo
11 Padreda, contractors, were they?
12 A I don't understand your question.
13 Q My question is: The contracting cDmpany that filed for
L 14 the Esperanza Company was Camilo Padreda Contractors.
15 A That's correct.
3
1& Q You were not their partners when they were trYing to get
17 the second project in Hialeah. You were not the partner.
18 A I no went to my portner?
19 Q You don't recall making this statement?
20 A I don't recall making this statement to soy that
21 specific Esperanza project was no issued or was not given to
22 me because thot--- I don't recall. I don't recall that.
23 Q Okay. You do recall YDU received a copy of the letter?
24 A I presume that I received a copy of the letter.
( 25 Q You were pretty interested in this, were yOU not?

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1 A I supposed to be very interested in that.

( 2 Q So. if that was wrong YOU would have called Mr.


3 Steinberg and said that. hey. that was wrong. Change it?
4 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.
5 THE COURT: Objection sustained. Go to your next
6 series of questions.
7 Q Did you accept responsibility for the acts that were
8 charged in the indictment in order to get pretrial
9 diversion?
10 A No. I have not. To the best of my knowledge, I was not
11 plead guilty to that.
12 Q I did not soy YOU did. I said, did yoU accept
13 responsibility?
14 A I accept the responsibility to pay bock the bonk
15 whatever money was left to pay it.
16 Q And yOU did?
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17 A Yes, sir.
18 Q I am asking YOU, sir. on August 11, 1983, in the
19 Southern District of Texas. YOU signed on agreement for
20 pretrial diversion where yOU said YOU would accept
21 responsibility for the acts. Title 18. United States Code,
22 Section 371 conspiracy. ond 657. misapplication of bank
23 funds?
24 A I signed that paper, sir.
t• 25 Q Did yOU sign it? Did YOU read it?

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1 A I presume I read it when I sign it.
( 2 Q Let me show YOU Defendant's Exhibit Number 37, for
3 identification. See if that is your signature on that
4 document, and YOU recall signing that document.
5 A This is my signature.
6 Q By signing the document, accepting responsibility for
7 those two charges, was it your understanding that yoU were
8 accepting responsibility to pay back the money?
9 A That was the advice of my attorney, in Texas, at that
10 time.
11 Q Before YOU got Mr. Steinberg?
12 A Before I have Mr. Steinberg.
13 Q Do YOU recall the indictment against YOU was dismissed
14 on February 27th, 1984, and a motion was filed on that
15 date--strike that. Do YOU recall that the Government filed
16 a motion to dismiss your indictment on February 27, 1984,
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17 based upon your completion of pretrial diversion?
18 A Yes.
19 Q Even before your record was to be expunged, the
20 Government through Robert Burke, Assistant United States
21 Attorney, agreed to give YOU a letter, did they not, stating
22 that it is not the intent of pretrial diversion to incumber
23 Mr. Padreda's activity to enter into civil contracts with
24 any branch of the United States Government. Do yOU remember
25 that?

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1 A Yes, I believed that. Yes, I believed that. I remember

c 2 that letter.
3 Q I meon, they were trying to put YOU whole as of August
4 11, 1983. were they not? By putting yoU whole, I mean toke
5 care of any problems YOU might have with H.U.D. or with your
6 banks?
7 A I don't understand very well, your question. Would yOU
8 repeat it. I would appreciate it.

9 Q Can YOU tell me, sir, if YOU were having problems--that


10 is, because of the indictment, even though yoU were in
11 pretrial diversion, YOU were having problems dealing with
12 the Government. dealing with H.U.D?
13 A Yes, sir.
(- 14 Q The Government attempted to solve those problems by
15 giving yOU a letter. did they not?
16 A That's correct.
17 Q Did YOU request thot letter. through your attorney.
18 because of the problems yOU were having?
19 A I have a call to talk to my lawyer and tell I have some
20 problems.
21 (SIDEBAR CONFERENCE)
22 MR. HOGAN: I did not wont to into this document
23 because it comes out on the records. It is a very ticklish
24 type of thing to gO into, unless I know it is actually true;
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1 And I have not been able to corroborate this information.
( 2 The reason I brought the Government up, I did not think it
3 was to start doing something, unless I ask him to refer to
4 this. I would ask they find out from me if, in fact] this
5 was a motion made and filed by the Government to check on
6 the mental competency prior to this time.
7 MR. CHAYKIN: Your Honor] I don't know anything
8 about it.
9 MR. HOGAN: You gave it to me.
10 MR. CHAYKIN: I know I gave it to him. I assumed
11 it was 0 certificate of service after the pleading that was
12 attached. I think that was attached to a pleading that was
13 filed. It hod nothing to do with mental incompetency. It
14 was a mistake. I called UP Mr. Bird. It is the first time
15 I learned of any mental incompetency issue.
16 MR. HOGAN: These were in the pleadings.
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17 THE COURT: Did this come from the file?
18 MR. HOGAN: They are saying it came from the
19 paCKage I gave them. Was it in the file that was expunged?
20 MR. CHAYKIN: I have to toke a look.
21 THE COURT: Was it in the file?
22 MR. CHAYKIN: I believe that was in the file. T
23 have to toke a look. I turned it over as port of the files
24 that was expunged.
1 25 MR. HOGAN: We can solve the problem if YOU find

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1 Qut for me.

( 2 MR. CHAYKIN: I will check on it. I will ask if


3 that was a mistake, in an attempt to have it certified. I
4
4 know nothing about it.
S THE COURT: Hold off on it. If we need to. we
6 will call him bock.
7 MR. CHAYKIN: This is the complete attachment that
8 I gave to defense counsel. You will see Government's
9 response to defendants request for expungement. It is

10 submitted. I did not look at it, the certificate of


11 service. True ond correct copy. Apporently it is a mistake
12 because what they say here is a motion to commit defendant.
13 I think what they are referring to is the
14 certificate of service of this motion. I will gO ahead and
15 verify it, but I think it is a mistake. I think this gives
16 some prospective to the Court.
17 MR. HOGAN: If they check and say it did not
18 happen, fine.
19 MR. CHAYKIN: I wanted to clarify it.
20 (SIDEBAR CONFERENCE CONCLUDED)
21 Q In order to get the expungement, did YOU solicit letters
22 from your friends in the Miami area to write letters as to
23 your character and trustworthiness and honesty and
24 integrity?
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1 Q Has the Government given YOU a chance to look at those


( 2 letters, prior to testifYing here today?
3 A Yes.
4 Q Those people that YOU had write letters for YOU were
5 members of the business community here?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q There were a number of very prominent people who
8 attested to your creditibility?
9 A Yes.
10 Q They attested to your honesty, integrity and community
11 activities?
12 A That's correct.
13 Q Therefore~ according to the community, as of October of
14 1984. YOU had an impecoble reputation. even though YOU had
15 been indicted. Would yoU say that is true?
16 A I would say so.
17 Q Mr. Padreda~in 1984 your record is mode whole. Do yoU
18 recall, sir--by record made whole, I mean, they wipped out
19 your record. They allowed you. by that order of the Court.
20 to say if anybody asked yOU if yOU were ever arrested or
21 under indictment or charged. YOU could say no honestly,
22 without fear of perjury. Is that correct?
23 A That's correct.
24 Q That happened in 1984. Now, did there come a time, sir,
( 25 when YOU found out that the Government had YOU under serious

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1 investigation and were ready to indicte you in Miami? I am

( 2 talking about 1990. I am not talking about '84. Do YOU


3 understand my question?
4 A No. I don't understand your Question.
5 Q You don't understand?
6 A No.
7 Q In the latter port of 1989, November, December, January,
8 '90, through the time YOU finally plead pursuant to the plea
9 agreement on September 26th, I believe yOU signed the plea
10 agreement, 1990, during that time YOU knew YOU were under
11 intensive investigation, were YOU not?
12 A You're talking about '84 or talking after '84? Maybe I
13 don't understand your Question.
14 Q I understand. I am talking about this dote. I am

15 talking about November 1989 to the dote yOU signed the plea
16 agreement that the Government showed you.
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17 A I was

18 Q Which was September.


19 A 1990.
20 Q I have to find your signature. September 25th or 26th.
21 I can't tell. Which is it?
22 A 26th.
23 Q 1990?
24 A 1990.
25 Q What I am saying is: Between November 1989 and

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1 September 26th~ 1990, during this period of time you hired,

( 2 had YOU not, first Bob Josephsberg, and then subsequently


3 YOU hired Sam Robin to represent your interests in talking
4 to the Government of the United States?
5 A That's correct.
6 a You hod told the Government yOU did not wont anything to
7 do with a plea; YOU would not sign any plea agreement; YOU
8 were not guilty of anything. If they would indict yOU, HgO

9 ahead; indict me. I will go to trial. H

10 A That's right.
11 a There come a time during this period, did there not,
12 sir, when the Government told yoU that they were
13 investigating your daughter?
14 A let me clarify, The Government not told me anything.
15 The Government sent a letter to my daughter's lawyer, Mark
16 Hilderbrandt, that my doughter is a target of the
17 investigation.
18 That is the way that I learned that my daughter
19 was a target of the investigation.
20 Q That was a great shock, was it not?
21 A Yes, it was.
22 a Do you recall when that was?
23 A No, I don't recall exactly when it was.
24 a Was it after the Mayor of Hialeah was indicted and
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1 A Yes.

( 2 a You hod not been indicted, but yOU found out that in
3 addition to YOU the Government sent your daughter a target
4 letter?
5 A That's correct.
6 a That target letter--her name is Morto Iglesias. Please
7 spell the last name.
8 A I-g-I-e-s-i-a-s.
9 Q Was close to YOU, was she not?
10 A My daughter?
11 a Yes, She was emotional and excited. She hod some
12 problems, herself?
13 A Yes.
14 a It caused her great emotional concern, did it not?
15 A Yes.
16 a Which she told YOU about over a number of months? I
17 A Many years.
18 Q Since she got the target letter, that really affected
19 her?
20 A Yes.
21 a It affected your relationship with her?
22 A Yes, sir.
23 Q ~ot your love for her, but it was very difficult. She
24 was continually after you, Hdaddy, YOU have to get me out of
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1 this."

( 2 Is that correct?
3 A She was talking to me many, many times.
4 Q Even though YOU were willing to fight, willing to try to
5 prove your innocence--
6 A Yes, sir.
7 Q --That over come YOU, did it not?
8 A Sure.
9 Q That target letter to your doughter?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q That wos the reason, the promise that the Government
12 gave to yOU and your plea agreement, that they would not
13 indict your daughter, that yoU ended UP agreeing to
14 cooperate with the Government, did yoU not?
15 A That's correct.
16 Q That was all finally--- By the way, YOU were in Q
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17 terrible emotional state, yourself, prior to this plea
18 agreement. You called a number of your friends. You told
19 them what the Government was doing to you. You broke down,
20 crYing on the telephone with them?
21 A Occasionally.
22 Q Had that not happened, sir, YOU would have let them
23 indict YOU and yOU would have gone to trial, would YOU not?
24 A Yes.
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1 daughter was a target, YOU did not think YOU were guilty,
( 2 did you?
3 A I never think my daughter was guilty.
4 Q You did not think YOU were guilty either?
5 A I don't think I WQS guilty at that time, no.
6 Q You really don't think YOU are guilty today. You think
7 YOU only made a technical violation?
8 A r think I guilty because I make a violation, did not
9 sign the papers that was presented to the Government.
10 Q Technical violation?
11 A Technical violation. Conspiracy violation. I am no
12 legal attorney to give yOU the legality of the word, but I
13 was guilty to sign the paper and to make a false statement.
L 14 Q Prior to signing the plea agreement that the Government
15 has marked Government's Exhibit 83. on September 26th. 1990.
16 YOU had not, yourself, sat down with these prosecutors; the
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17 FBI or any agent and told them any story. under oath. had
18 you?
19 A No.
20 Q This plea agreement was arranged between your lawyer
21 Samuel Robin, and the Government, correct?
22 A That's correct.
23 Q Pursuant to that plea agreement, instead of going before

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1 just file on information charging YOU with two felonies, did
( 2 YOU not?
3 A Yes.
4 Q You agreed to plead guilty, did yoU not?
5 A Yes, sir.
6 Q As part of the plea agreement YOU signed, sir, the
7 Government agreed not to prosecute the defendant Camilo
8 Padreda's daughter, Marto Iglesias for any offense based
9 upon information of which it is now aware, correct?
10 A Yes.
11 Q As long os YOU performed pursuant to the plea agreement?
12 A I don't hear you.
13 Q As long as YOU performed pursuant to this plea
14 agreement--
15 A That's correct.
16 Q --She won't be indicted?
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17 A That's correct.
18 Q If YOU don't, it is open on season on her, is it not?
19 A I believe so.
20 Q In addition to your daughter--I don't mean to belabor
21 this part--was there ever a discussion about they did not
22 have to put in the plea agreement but they had no interest
23 in indicting your wife? Do YOU recall at one time?
24 A I don't recall. I don't recall that, if anybody say my
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1 recall that.

( 2 Q In addition, the Government told YOU thot YOU were


3 pleading guilty to serious offenses that could corry a
4 maximum sentence of five years on each count; 0 total of 10
5 years?
6 A That's right.
7 Q When YOU filed this--when you signed the plea agreement
8 on September 26th, 1990, the Government also filed an
9 information, did they not~ against YOU, a COpy of which is
10 attached to the indictment?
11 A That's correct.
12 Q COpy of some documents that yOU agreed to say were
13 false?
(- 14 A That's correct.
15 Q This plea agreement was filed~ was it not, in Court,
16 along with the information and YOU learned that when it was
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17 filed along with the information~ actually filed the same
18 day, Government's exhibit number 83, filed September 26th,
19 1990, when did yOU sign the plea agreement; sometime in the
20 morning, noontime?
21 A Two or three o'clock. I don't recall maybe one o'clock.
22 I would say between one and three.
23 Q This plea agreement was filed September 26th at 5:02.
24 And the information attached to that was filed September 26,
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1 found out for the first time yoU had Judge King, did YOU
2 not?
3 A That's correct.
4 Q The Chief Judge.
5 As a result of that. in order to enter the plea
o agreement. YOU had to go before Judge King, did YOU not?
7 A Yes.
8 Q You went before Judge King and plead guilty, did yoU
9 not?
10 A Yes.
11 Q Did your attorneY--striKe that.
12 When YOU got there, sir, YOU found out that Judge
13 King, after putting YOU under oath, do yoU recall he said,
14 "raise your right hand and swear that the testimony yOU will
15 give is the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth so
16 help YOU God?"
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17 I don't mean he did it.

18 A Yes.
19 Q And yoU did. You found out Judge King--you had bad
20 luck --Judge King was not one of the Judge's that accepted
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21 plea agreements. That was one of the first times YOU found
22 that out?
23 A Yes.
24 Q All of 0 sudden YOU were standing there in Court before
( 25 this Judge talking about that 10 years and the plea

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1 agreement YOU hod. and that .Judge says, "I don't take plea
( 2 agreements."
3 A That's correct.
4 Q And then did there come a time when these words were
5 asked of YOU, "all right, then let's move on to the second
6 paint; that is. as YOU well know, I am sure. they have told
7 YOU at the U.S. Attorneys Office I don't engage in or permit
8 plea bargains.
9 Hod not the United States Attorney told YOU that
10 or did YOU first learn that right there for the first time?
11 A Repeat that.
12 Q What I am saying is, so YOU got the picture right, this
13 is actually when YOU were in Court. when YOU were actually
L 14 in Court was October 10. 1990. I have a transcript of that,
15 if YOU want to make sure.
1& A October 10. I
17 Q October 10, 1990. Do YOU remember Andrew Rice was
18 there. Peter Outerbridge was there. Samuel Robin was with
19 YOU. Rice and Outerbrldge for the Government and Robin for
20 yourself. You were standing in front of the Court?
21 A Yes.
22 Q The Court told you that, I want YOU to know. I am sure
23 the Government told you. I don't take plea agreements. Was
24 that a shock to you?
25 A It was a shock to me at that moment. but I don't recall.

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1 and this I want to clarify this. I don't recall, they asked


( 2 the Government for any special--the only think t asked the
3 YOU United states Government was very specific and my only
4 concern is not prosecute my daughter.
5 Q I understand that. You told us that.
6 A I told that and that I hope that the Government w1l1
7 keep that.
8 Q You told that because that was the reason yoU agreed to
9 plead guilty?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q It's the reason YOU agreed to enter a plea?
12 A Yes, sir.
13 Q Do yOU recall the Judge asking yOU, sir, while yoU were
14 under oath, first reading from page 18; Htell me--Hthe Judge
15 speoking--"what promises have been made to this mono
16 Someone relate all this litany." I
17 A I don't have the page 18.
18 Q That is not the transcript.
19 A Okay.
20 Q I was going to ask YOU if YOU remember the words.
21 A You tell me to read it?
22 Q I was going to ask YOU if yOU remembered the words.
23 A I remember seeing something.
24 Q That was October 10, 1990. That is not very long ago.
25 A I don't recall exactly what word by word.

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1 Q I will show it to YOU.

( 2 A Okay. Page 18?


3 Q Yes.
4 A Yes, sir.
5 Q Do YOU see on page 17 the Court makes a speech?
6 A Paragraph--line 14?
7 Q Yes. Line 9. HAll right. Let's move to the second
8 point."
9 He tells YOU. HI don't take plea agreements."
10 Are YOU looking at 17?
11 A ~o. I look at 18.
12 Q You have to look back at 17 when the Court talks.
13 A All right.
(- 14 Q All right?
15 A Yes.
16 Q Let's move to the second point; that is, YOU well know.
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17 I am sure they told YOU at the United States Attorneys
18 Office, I don't engage in or permit plea bargains, so yoU
19 have something here talking about a plea agreement. You
20 have filed it in writing and filed it in the Court file.-
21 Do you remember him saying that?
22 A Yes.
23 Q uYou filed the plea agreement here and everybody signed
24 1t. It 1s very pretty, and I do not pay any attention to
( 25

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1 Do you remember him telling YOU that?
( 2 A Yes.
3 Q Let me ask you. sir. Hwithout any regard to any
4 agreement do YOU wont to plead guilty?H
5 Then he says. "YOU may want to ask your lawyer
6 about this. It takes 3 parties to any such agreement. The
7 two of YOU and the Court and I don't permit my hands to be
8 tied on what I feel is an appropriate sentence."
9 Do I read too fast?
10 A I think so. What line are YOU talking now?
11 Q 21. HI don't permit my hands to be tied---"
12 A Now you're talking the next page. no? 21 say what I
13 feel is the appropriate sentence renders or given.
L 14 Q Correct. Two of YOU and the Court," I don't permit my

15 hands to be tied on what I feel is the appropriate sentence


16 to render in Q given situation, except as maybe set forth in
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17 the low and under the guilelines l do YOU see that?
18 A Yes.
19 Q On the next page, line 6, he says, the Court says, the
20 Chief Judge, Judge King says, "tell me what promises have
21 been made to this man. Someone relate all this litany of
22 promises. H
23 What promises have YOU gotten from Mr. Rice, the
24 United States Attorney who was there, with Mr. Outerbridge.
( 25 another U.S. Attorney said, Hif I may point out one item of

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1 many documents YOU refer to as the plea agreement, that was
( 2 tn the file---"
3 MR. CHAYKIN: I object to reading this.
4 T~E COURT: Sustained.
5 MR. HOGAN: I will ask him specially---
6 BY MR. HOGAN:
7 Q Do YOU recall, sir, your counsel, YOU were standing
8 there, to give a voluntary plea? Your counsel was asking,
9 "have yoU been promised anything to entice yOU or to get to
10 yoU plead guilty?"
11 Mr. Robin said, "no, Your Honor."
12 Do yOU recall that?
13 A Yes.
14 Q But yOU hod been promised something that YOU hod plead
15 guilty. You were promised your daughter would not be
16 indicted? I
17 A What I was talking about any other thing that was not in
18 this paper. Any other promise that was done in this paper.
19 Q You never told the Judge about that.
7
20 A I am sorry. The only thing that I was talking, my
21 ottorney--on the advice of my attorney, my attorney told me
22 that it was in reference to any other agreement not in this
23 paper. I SOy, no, it was not any other agreement.
24 Q Then when the Court asked yOU, sir, Hare YOU under the
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1 you to plead guilty," on page 19. bottom of 19. "are you
( 2 under the impression you were promised anything to get YOU
3 to plead guilty?"
4 You soid, no.
5 A Yes. si r. I say, no.
6 Q Your understanding then---
7 A I say no.
g Q Your understanding was YOU still had a deal with the
9 Government thot your daughter would not be indicted?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q ~ut the Judge had not been clear to YOU; yoU did not
12 understand?
13 A I don't know if I understand now.
L 14 Q Your your lawyer told yoU to answer no, sir?
15 A That's correct.
16 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.
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17 THE COURT: Objection sustoined.
18 Q Immediately after October 10. 1990. when you entered
19 your pleo, the Judge gave yOU, did he not, a not1ce that YOU
20 were going to be sentenced on December 18, 1990?
21 A That's correct,
22 Q Between October 10, 1990, when YOU plead and December
23 18, 1990, YOU had not testified in any triol, had you? Do
24 YOU understand me?
25 A Say it ogoin, if YOU don't mind.

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1 a September 26th is the dote YOU say YOU signed the plea.
( 2 Do YOU understand?
3 A Yes.
4 Q October 10, 1990, is the day you plead; YOU went in
5 before the Judge and YOU actually said YOU were guilty?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q Do YOU recall that?
8 A Yes.
9 a Between that dote, the Judge then said, "YOU come bock
10 for sentencing on December 1B, 1990."
11 December of last year; 7 days before Christmas,
12 did he not?
13 A That's correct.
L 14 a What I am saying, sir, between these two dotes, October
15 10. 1990. to December 18, 1990. YOU had not testified in any
16 trial, hod you?
17 A When yoU SQY triol---
18 a Like YOU are doing today.
19 A No in trial.
20 Q This is a trial, with a jury?
21 A No.
22 Q You hod, however, between October 10th and December 18th
23 testified before a grand jury or two grand juries or 3 grand
24 juries?
25 A Yes.

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1 Q How many grand jury's did YOU testify before?
( 2 A One,
3 Q Just one?
4 A Yes,
5 Q And have yOU talked to the Federal Bureau of
6 Investigation.
7 A If I talked to the agents of the Federal Bureau of
8 Investigation?
9 Q Did yOU sit down with them in a room and they asked you
10 Questions?
11 A Sure.
12 Q You answered the Questions?
13 A Under oath, yes,
14 Q How many times hod yOU done that?
15 A I don't recall. Three, four times.
16 Q long periods of time, four or five hours at a time? I
17 A Two or three hours,
18 Q Two or three hours?
19 A I don't recoIl. More than four hours.
20 Q Four hours total?
21 A At the most, four hours. A day,
22 Q How many days?
23 A Three or four, I cannot tell yoU exactly how many days,
24 Q One grand jury?
25 A Let's soy four.

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1 Q Four days?

( 2 A 12 hours.
3 Q 12 hours with the Government, right?
4 A With the Government and my lawyer.
5 Q And Mr. Robin?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q Sitting in 0 room where they asked YOU Questions; they
8 kept notes. Your lawyer was there to protect your rights.
9 You can ask him Questions if YOU wished?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q However, YOU have not been sentenced as of yet, have
12 you?
13 A No.
L 14 a Your lawyer filed a motion to continue the sentence, did
15 he not?
16 A That's correct.
17 Q However, YOU wanted to be sentenced. You wanted to get
18 it over with, did yOU not? YOU wanted to get it over with
19 on December 18, 1990, did yOU not?
20 A Yes.
21 a You wonted to know what this Judge would give yOU; that
22 your lawyer and the Government said, Hlet's wait until
23 after.H
24 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.
25 THE COURT: Objection sustained.

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1 Q Was there another reason that the sentence was


( 2 continued? Did the Government want to wait until YOU
3 testified against this man?
4 A I don't think the Government asked me for any delay or
5 request for continuance or whatever YOU call it. My lawyer
6 advised me he was under big hearing or trial in Orlando,
7 that he was not prepared; that he don't have enough letters
8 and papers and also at the pretrial investigation.
9 Q Presentence investigation?
10 A Presentence investigation. Have become with the wrong
11 numbers about everything. He want to have CPA's and 01] the
12 documents prepared before the sentence.
13 Q For the sentence?
L 14 A Before the sentence,
15 Q Correct. What is your sentence date as of now?
16 A February 18 or 20 something; 20 I believe it is.
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17 Q 1991?
18 A 1991.
19 Q At the time of your sentencing, the Government has
20 agreed, under the plea agreement, have they not, to gO
21 before the Court, and to inform the Court of how helpful yOU
22 were to them.
23 A I believe it is in the agreement.
24 Q Isn't that what they said they will do?
25 A I don't recall exactly what he say they would do, but it

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1 is in the poper what they going to do.

( 2 Q Do YOU have the plea agreement before YOU there?


3, A Yes.
4 MR. HOGAN: The Government marked this for
5 identification. I would move the plea agreement under 61?
6 MR. CijAYKIN: I hove no objection.
7 THE COURT: Did YOU have tt premarked?
8 MR. HOGAN: 8 I believe.
9 THE COURT: 8 is received.
10 (GOVERNMENT'S EXHIBIT 8 RECEIVED)
8
11 MR. HOGAN: I move in the transcript of the
12 sentencing under 106.
13 MR. CHAYKIN: That we would object to.
14 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
15 Q Look at porograph 8.
16 A What page?
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17 Q Paragraph 8 is on poge four.
18 A Yes.
19 Q Do YOU see that?
20 A I read it.
21 Q You can read it out loud because is in evidence now.
22 Read it out loud.
23 A United States agreed it will afford the Court and
24 probation deportment at the time of the defendant's sentence
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1 corporation with the Government. And will favorably
( 2 characterize the characterization as appropriate.
3 The United States further agreed to inform any
4 Court enforcement agency, Government department of or
5 agency, Government, commission or any other Government
6 entity of the nature and extent of the defendant corporation
7 should the defense request that such a disclosure be mode.
8 Q Do yOU know what that means?

9 A Yes, sir.
10 Q What does it mean?
11 A That I request them to appear in the front of the Court
12 the day by the sentence; they have to tell the truth of
13 whatever I have done.
L 14 Q Does it say and they will favorably characterize the
15 same as such a characterization is appropriate?
16 A If appropriate.
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17 Q And do they also say should yoU get any jail time, they
18 will inform the appropriate authorities of your cooperation?
19 Do yOU understand that the Bureau of Prisons---
20 A I don't read that.

21 Q You don't understand that? You did not understond that


22 part?
23 A No. If I have---
24 Q If yOU gO to Jail.
25 A Yes.

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1 Q They will inform the appropriate authorities of your
2 cooperation, that being---
(
3 A Is that the page over here? Can I read it?
4 Q Yes. The United States further agrees to inform any
5 Court law enforcement agency, Government department or
6 agency, Government commission or other Government entity of
7 the nature and extent of the defendant's cooperation, should
8 the defendant request such disclosure. That means the
9 parole deportment.
10 A Okay.
11 Q Bureau of Prisons, that type, or H.U.D.?
12 A A hum.
13 Q Or your banks?
14 A A hum.
15 Q As part of the plea agreement that yOU signed, sir, did
16 nDt YOU sign and agree along with the Government, page 6, I
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17 am reading, in order to effectively---Do yOU see paragroph
18 14 on poge 6?
19 A Yes.
20 Q In the plea ogreement, Government's Exhibit number 82,
21 in order to effectively allow the defendant the opportunity
22 to provide the fullest amount of assistance to law
23 enforcement possible. Do yOU see that?
24 A Yes.
25 Q Thus to benefit as a result of the some to the fullest

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1 extent; do YOU see that?
( 2 A That's correct.
3 a All parties to this plea agreement request the Court
4 defer sentencing as to such time as the defendant's
5 assistance has been substantially completed. Do yoU know
6 what that meant?
7 A Yes, sir.
8 a What did that mean?
9 A That I have to be ot the hearing when they request it.
10 a They would request that yoU not be sentenced until YOU

11 finished all your cooperation. Is that correct?


12 A I was not under that impression. I was under the
13 impression I will be sentenced on December 18 when I signed
14 this agreement.
15 a That is because the Court did not gO along. This
16 agreement was not before the Court?
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17 A That's correct.
18 a The Judge said YOU are coming in December 18?
19 A That's correct.
20 a The agreement said YOU would agree that YOU did not wont
21 to be sentenced, and you would not be sentenced until after
22 you testified against all these people.
23 Do yOU understand?
24 A That's correct.
25 Q As of right now, the ax is hanging over your head. You

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1 have not been sentenced, have you?

( 2 A Correct.
3 Q The Case Delago Project, sir, was the project that was
4 the subject of your subsequent plea of guilty; do YOU recall
5 that?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q That was based, was it not, on documents selected---
8 Strike that.
9 Did you have anything to do with selecting what
10 count yoU would plead to, or was that done by your attorney
11 and the Government?
12 A My attorney and the Government.
13 Q You did not particularly care what counts you plead to
L 14 as long as yOU know what your maximum sentence would be and
15 that your daughter would not be there with you?
16 A I did not care about anything; Just about my daughter.
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17 Q Is that as YOU feel today?
18 A That is how I feel forever.
19 Q Would yOU SOy, sir, the moon is blue if the Government
20 would not indict your daughter?
21 A I would not. One of the agreement with the Government
22 is not to hire or not to tell a lie; just to tell the truth.
23 Q Who decides if you are lYing?
24 A You people.
25 Q The Government?

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1 A I think the Judbe; the Honorable Judge will decide and
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( 2 the Jury will decide if I tell the truth or not.


3 Q Then YOU are interested in the mayor being convicted on
4 your testimony?
5 A No. I am not.
6 Q The Government, in exchange to your plea to the two
7 counts said YOU would not be charged with those other crimes
8 that they thought YOU had committed.
9 Do YOU recall that? Do YOU wish me to rephrase
10 it?
11 A Yes.
12 Q There was an investigation concerning H.U.D. fraud in a
13 subsidized low income apartment project for the elderly and
14 handicapped known as Porto Del Sol. Do you know that?
15 A Yes.
16 Q Do YOU know what I om talking about?
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17 A Yes.
18 Q Porta Del Sol, were yOU the general contractor on that
19 building?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Who provided the money for that? Was that HUD?
22 A HUD.
23 Q How was the land purchased?
24 A The developer or the sponsor of the project was VOA
t 25 Volunteer of America,

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1 Q People sometimes get ~etters in the moil from HUD; it is
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( 2 a nonprofit organization?
3 A Yes.
4 Q Provides hot lunches, help for the elderly?
5 A This is a non profit station that have over 10,000 or
6 eleven thousand units through the United States.
7 Q By sponsor, meaning they were the ones who would build
8 it?
9 A They are going to own the building.
10 Q Once it is built?
11 A That's correct.
12 Q In order for them to get the building, somebody has to
13 buy the land to meet the speaks specifications, build the
L 14 building and turn it over to them?
15 A That's correct.
16 Q You were involved from beginning to end or just with the
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17 end?
18 A From beginning to end.
19 Q Did there come a time YOU got an option to purchase the
20 land?
21 A That's correct.
22 Q You are telling us YOU paid 70 thousand for that option?
23 A 700 thousand.

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25
Q

A
Seven hundred thousand for the option?
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1 Q I understand that, but YOU did not put UP 700 thousand.
( 2 A I put 70 thousand dollars.
3 Q 10 percent?
4 A 10 percent.
5 Q For the option for the land?
6 A Correct.
7 Q That was with Renan Steve Delgado, was it not?
8 A One of his operations.
9 Q Lazer, N.V.?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q It was his corporation. He, along with another
12 gentleman, signed the option agreement?
13 A That's correct.
L 14 Q If, in fact, YOU did not get the project on that piece
15 of land, YOU would end UP with the land if you paid the 700
16 thousand?
17 A That's correct.
18 Q If YOU did not buy the land, YOU would have lost the
19 deposit?
20 A That's right.
21 a Who was Your portner?
22 A Myself.
23 a You alone?
24 A Yes.
c 25 a Your money?
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1 A Yes.

( 2 a Camilo Padreda, Contractors?


3 A I went to the Consolidated Bonk, and I request a loon,
4 to put that money in escrow, with a lawyer, to buy the land.
5 a You borrowed 70 thousand?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q Put it in escrow for the option?
8 A That's correct.
9 a How long was the option?
10 A The option was at the beginning for 6 months} and then
11 was extended for another 6 or 8 months.
12 a Did yoU and Mr. Delgado reach that agreement to extend
13 the option, or did he reach that with somebody else?
L 14 A Mr. Delgado -- I don't understand the question.
15 Q You said there was on option to buy the land for six
16 months?
17 A That's correct.
18 a Then yOU said it was extended for another six months?
19 A At that time the first option was not requested to put
20 any money in; just I think it was $100, something like that,
21 good faith deposit.
22 Q When YOU first got the land YOU only put UP 100?
23 A Something like that, Then when it expired, because the
24 sponsor hove not yet have the approval from HUD, then Renan
25 Delgado request if I wont to continue 1t, to the land, I
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1 have to put it, earn the money deposit,

( 2 Q Because his land was already tied UP for six months for
3 only $100?
4 A That is exactly right.
5 Q He said, Hif YOU wont more, YOU hove to pay," right?
6 A That's right.
7 Q And YOU did?
8 A Yes. I went to the bank.
9 Q Borrowed; put it in escrow?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q Porta Del Sol is right behind Fsperonza, is it not?
12 A That is Porto Del Sol,
13 MR, HOGAN: Can I point that out, Judge?
14 THE COURT: Yes.
15 MR. HOGAN: This is Porta Del Sol; this project
16 here. I
17 BY MR. HOGAN:
18 Q Then there came a time they would buy the property; BOA
19 purchase it?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Was that before the option ran out?
2.2 A That supposed to be before the option went off, and they
23 don't have the money. VOA.
24 Q So YOA does not have it?
25 A And I went to Renan Delgado and request him to extend to

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1 another month. By that time he told me he was ready to talk
( 2 to his lawyer, to send me a letter, that I would toke bock
3 to the land, and I would have lost the 70 thousand myself.
4 Q What did YOU do?
5 A I request him that everything was approved, show him
6 that the HUn was approved, the land and everything was
7 approved just a matter of time.
8 He give me on extension. He was talking to the
9 lawyers from VOA, in order to give another extension. I
10 think it was 30 days or something like that.
11 a Extended the time for 30 days. What I am asking is when
12 the land was sold, who was it sold to?
13 A It was sold to VOA.
14 Q It was sold not for the 700 thousand that YOU had the
15 option for?
16 A For $800,000.
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17 Q You actually did whot is known as flipped the contract,
18 correct?
19 A That's correct.
20 Q You had on option for 700, where YOU put UP 70. You
21 flipped it to VOA for 800?
22 A That's correct.
23 Q $100,000 profit?
24 A Less $20,000 that we spent in the demucking and cleaning
25 the land ond put some fill.

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1 Q Did YOU gO back to--- By the way) as to that, did YOU
( 2 really--- Strike that.
3 There was no real estate broker involved, was
4 there?
5 A No.
6 Q So in January and February of 1986. the land was sold to
7 VOA for $800,000, and that contract to VOA called for
8 brokers commissjon, did it not?
9 A That's correct.
10 Q That brokers commission was to be to Regional Realty and
11 Appraisal Services?
12 A That's correct.
13 Q Right?
14 A Yes, sir.
15 a You hod to gO to Delgado and sit down and talk to him to
16 get him to do this, did YOU not?
17 A That's correct.
18 a Was he at first hesitant to do it?
19 A No.
20 Q Just said fine?
21 A Fine. because he told me in the beginning the price was
22 net, without any realtor. If I have realtors involved it
23 would be higher priced.
24 Q Did yOU not know HUn was involved?
I 25 A How can I know that HUn was involved? When? When?

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1 When I put the---

( 2 Q When YOU sold it to YOA.


3 A When I sold it to VOA, yes.
4 Q You knew it was HUD money?
5 MR. CHAYKIN: Let him fintsh his answer.
6 Q You knew it was HUD money?
7 A It's YOA money.
8 Q Who gives YOA the money?
9 A HUD.
10 Q Renan Delgado agreed, YOU said, to just do this. Did he
11 know it was HUD money, Renan Delgado, that he was getting
12 paid with?
13 A Yes, sir. On the first option to buy the land, was
14 option that mentioned that that land had to be ready for 100
15 units for elderly, 100 units.
16 At that time was ready for 70 or 72 or 73
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17 townhouses.
18 Q Let me ask yOU this: Did YOU not tell Renan Delgado YOU
19 were obligated to pay 80,000 to a broker and ask him to
20 raise the price so that you can pay that 80,000 to a broker?
21 A I told him I going to have a broker on the transaction,
22 yes, sir,
23 Q That was not true, wos it? You ~ere lYing?
24 A No. It was not true, because I want to be sure that if
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1 contract, I would make the $80,000, because the last date--I


( 2 don't finish.
3 Q I understand.
4 A The last day or the date I signed the contract with the
5 VOA was the same day of the closing of the land. At the
6 same date was no before. Till that dote J don't have a
7 contract to be a general contractor.
8 I don't know if yOU understand what my answer is.
9 Q I even forgot my question, but the question I am asking
10 yoU is: Did YOU, sir, with Mr. Delgado, did yoU convince
11 him to raise the price so that you could get a brokers
12 commission for 80,000, plus this 20,000 for mucking fees?
13 A Yes 1 sir.
14 Q That was to gO to you, was it not?
15 A Yes, sir.
16 Q Did Delgado know that?
17 A I believe so.
18 Q Did yOU tell him that?
19 A I think so.
20 Q You think so?
21 A Yes, sir.
22 Q The demucking you're talking about, the 80 OOO was to go
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23 to YOU for 10 percent, but yOU would actually hove it sent


24 to a realty company?
( 25 A Yes 1 sir.
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1 a To make sure nobody knew it came to you?

( 2 A That's right.
3 a The 20,000 for mucking, actually yOU went bock and---
4 A And do it.
5 a Tried to show Delgado bills for that, did you not?
6 A I sent a bill for that.
7 Q They were fake, were they not?
8 A Why?
9 Q Because YOU did not do that.
10 A Who said thot?
11 Q Did you?
12 A I did.
13 Q You did the mucKing?
14 A Yes.
15 Q $20,000 worth?
16 A No. 15, 14 thousand.
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17 a You gave Mr. Delgado bills for that, did yOU not?
18 A No. I billed for my own company. I billed 20,000,
19 because that was the agreement; $20,000, to take the
20 garbQge.
21 That was the agreement with Delgado, I would
22 charge $20,000 to take all the garbage and demuck the
23 property, because HUn would not accept enough pay for the
24 mucking.
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1 to introduce him as a broker?
( 2 A Yes. I introduced him as the broker. I don't deny that
3 I did that. What I say, I did the work for the demucking J

4 and hauling all the trash.


5 a Did yOU attempt to have Delgado submit to your company,
6 substitute your company's invoices to Cipicorp, Cipicorp for
7 the demucking bills; in other words, change bills? Did YOU
8 ask him to change bills?
9 A Yes.
10 Q Why?
11 A He ask me to present a bill.
12 a And you did?
13 A I did.
(- 14 Q You went bock and asked him to change it to your
15 company, because yOU took 20,000 from your company?
16 A Because he paid to my person direct.
17 a Was the brokerage commission a sham and a hoax?
18 A The brokerage commission, yes, it was.
19 a Did the money end UP in your pocket?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Were YOU also under investigation at that time for
22 conspiracy to commit bribery and tax fraud involving your
23 dealings with Sergio Pereira?
1.1
24 A Up to now, up to today, nobody told me that I am a
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1 The only thing I can tell YOU what I read in the newspaper.
Q
( 2 t did not hear who YOU said was the target.
3 A I said UP to today, to this moment, I have not received
4 any communication for any agency that I am a target of the
5 investigation of the land deal with Sergio Pereira.
6 Q They told yOU that as part of your plea agreement that
7 was one of the things YOU were under investigation for?
8 A That was not part of the agreement.
9 Q As port of YOur use immunity, once they gave you--Iet me
10 finish; then YOU can go.
11 As port of giving YOU immunity, did YOU tell them
12 about the deal YOU had involving Sergio Pereira, on the
13 property located at 114 Avenue and Flagler Street?
14 A At the moment the plea agreement was no mention at any
15 time that deal.
16 Q I agree. That is done. Plea agreement is over. After
17 that YOU sit down for 20 hours with the Government?
18 A They asked me Questions about checks and asked me
19 questions about deals. I respond---
20 THE COURT: Sir, listen carefully to his
21 Questions. Then answer directly. If it needs on
22 explanation I will let you do so. Rephrase your question.
23 BY MR. HOGAN:
24 Q The plea agreement of September 26th and your plea of
c 25 October 10th, 1990 are finished. You are now waiting
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1 sentence?

( 2 A Yes.
3 a Pursuant to that plea agreement, YOU have immunity for
4 what YOU tell the Government, when they ask YOU questions,
5 whatever YOU tell them, YOU have immunity if it involves any
6 crimes yOU committed. You understand that?
7 A Yes.
8 Q Pursuant to that, because of that, you sat down with the
9 Federal Bureau of Investigation and answered their questions
10 about certain transactions YOU were involved in, correct?
11 A Yes.
12 Q One of those transactions concerned rezoning the piece
13 of property, did it not, 114th Avenue and Flagler Street?
14 A That's correct.
15 Q That was a situation where yOU were in partners with
16 Sergio Pereira, was it not?
17 A Yes.
18 a You did rezone on that property, did you not?
19 A I was port of that group. I was port owner] 25 percent
20 owner of that group.
21 Q Mr. Pereira was 25 percent owner?
22 A That's correct.
23 Q Two other individuols were 25 percent owner?
24 A It was Mike Vasquez, was Bolimo Armas and their family.
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1 told us YOU agreed to pay, through circular means, $40,000
( 2 or something to that effect for a commisSion to get to help
3 yOU rezone that property, correct?
4 A No, sir.
S Q Tell me what YOU did.
6 A We bought the property and through my CPA, I shared that
7 Mr. Fmilio Cruz would like to buy the property if the
8 property is rezoned commercial.
9 The other 3 corners of the southwest-- of 114th
10 Avenue and Flagler Street are already zoned commercial.
11 We went to see Emilio Cruz; Mr. Manny Vasquez and
12 myself, we went to see Emilio Cruz at his office, and we
13 discussed the price.
L 14 He said that he would come bock to us with the
15 proposal--I am sorry--with the controct. Time passed, and
16 he never show UP with the contract.
17 At one point, 3 or four months r Mr. Valdez come to
18 my office and told me that through his daughter, who is a
19 real estate salesman, he think he can help me to sell the
20 property to the people who owns the trailer pork.
21 Furthermore, he told me that he can talk to Mr--
22 not Cruz--the partner of the Cruz there, on the trailer
23 pork, in order to have people who speaK in the zoning
24 hearing in our favor.
( 25 Q What did he wont in exchange?

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1 A The standard broker commission.
( 2 a Which was 40,OOO?
3 A Was about three percent. 40,000.
4 a Sergio Pereira knew nothing about your dealings with
5 him?
6 A No, sir.
7 Q He was absolutely, completely foreign to those dealings
8 yOU had?
9 A To the best of my knowledge, yes, sir.
10 Q He was completely away?
11 A He was completely away for that.
12 a Although he was a partner, he did not know anything
13 about that?
L 14 A He knew nothing about Jorge Voldez. He would know about
15 Emilio Cruz.
16 Q He was portner with you. He did not know anything about
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17 thot?
18 A No.
19 Q Did YOU also, pursuant to immunity, so yOU would not be
20 prosecuted concerning this 50,000 YOU told us about, that
21 you put UP to change a man's vote so Sergio Pereira could be
22 city manager, I believe. I think that was in Morch of 1.985.
23 Do yOU recoIl that?
24 A Yes.

25 Q At thot time the person that yoU told us about, I forget

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1 his nome, what was the commissioners nome?

( 2 A Demetrio Perez.
3 Q Was voting for somebody else?
4 A Two times.
5 Q City manager, correct?
6 A That's correct.
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7 Q In order to switch his vote, how did he happen to
8 contact you?
9 A Sir, I think YOU misunderstand what J said in the
10 beginning.
11 Q I thought YOU mode on agreement for him to switch his
12 vote, it was not needed?
13 A May I put the record straight.
L 14 Q Certainly. You can answer the question, yes, sir.
15 A I hod a call from 0 lawyer called Alberto Cardinas, to
16 gO to his office.
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17 Q When?
18 A Before the voting.
19 Q March of '85, something like that?
20 A Two, three days, four days before the voting dote.
21 Q The voting was on 0 Monday or Tuesday?
22 A I don't recoIl. It was early in the commission heDring,
23 Tuesday, Thursday. I don't recall the date.
24 Q Did yOU go to the meeting on a week day?
c 25 A I went to Alberto Cardinas office.

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1 Q On a weekday; not on a weekend?

( 2 A On a week dote.
3 Q Week; w-e-e-k?
4 A Yes.
5 Q I am trying to get it in my mind. Then what happened?
6 A Demetrio Perez was there. Demetrio Perez said he had a
7 commitment to vote for Cesar Odio. In order to change his
8 vote, he would like to know what we can do in order to raise
9 money for his campaign.
10 Q That was coming UP in November?
11 A In November.
12 Q Of this year or a year further up? Some November?
13 A I cannot remember. I think it was '85. It was
14 November, six months awoy. At that time we were discussing,
15 and what he wont to be sure that we come with the banquet.
16 with a fund raising cocKtail party to raise ex amount of
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17 money.
18 And then he said he want to be sure that that
19 money would be held in escrow until the time the fund
20 raising is done. And whatever money was not--whatever money
21 was not raised, the difference would be paid by that.
22 Q That 50,000?
23 A That's correct.
24 Q That yoU said was you, Cardinos?
25 A Mr. Montovaro.

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1 Q And Perez. all the in the same office?
( 2 A In the same office was Alberto Cardinas, Demetrio Perez
3 and myself.
4 Q You agreed at that time to raise fifty thousand for his
5 campaign?
6 A That's correct.
7 Q You agreed to get 50.000 in cash, currency, and put it
8 in escrow?
9 A I agreed to Alberto Cardinas to gO to the Alberto
10 Cardlnas bank and request a loan, and put it 1n Alberto
11 Cardinas trust account.
12 Q You borrowed $50,OOO?
13 A $50,000.
L 14 Q Put it in a trust account?
15 A Trust account.
16 Q That was to guarantee that you would raise the money at
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17 the campaign that was coming up?
18 A That's correct.
19 Q It came to pass that Sergio Pereira was elected by the
20 commission without even needing Mr. Perez' vote, correct?
21 A That's correct.
22 Q Sergio Pereira did not know one damn thing about this,
23 did he?
24 A No, sir.
25 Q You were dOing this because he was a friend?

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1 A Yes, sir.

( 2 Q Or YOU thought he was the best for the City of Miami?


3 A First of all, for both,
4 MR, CHAYKIN: Objection, Form of the question,
5 THE COURT: Overruled,
6 THE WITNESS: Do I have to answer?
7 THE COURT: Do YOU understand the question.
8 THE WITNESS: I think he not only was the best.
9 but at that time he had some problems in Dade County, and I

10 think it was appropriate to try to get him another job.


11 Q So yOU did that for your friends?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Without him knowing about this deal?
14 A He knows the deal with Demetrio Perez; no, he no nothing
15 else.
16 Q He does not know a thing about that? It came a time
17 that yOU found out yOU did not need to vote and yOU went;
18 Mr. Cardinas gave yOU hove the check bock and you paid the
19 loon bock?
20 A Mr. Cardinas, himself, he had the money in escrow. He
21 went back to the bonk and paid the money back to the bank
22 and that is it.
23 Q Do yOU recall when yOU received on the Casa Del Sol, the
24 money, the $100,000 ond how YOU received it?
( 25 A I don't think I received $100,000.
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1 Q 20,000, sir, went to Camilo Padreda, did it not?

( 2 A Yes. Camilo Padreda, General Contractor, Inc.


3 Q Is that your best recollection?
4 A I believe so. I don't know.
5 Q The other 80,000 went to Regional Realty and Appraisal
6 Services?
7 A Yes.
8 Q As a real estate commission?
9 A That's correct.
10 Q And out of that YOU got 77 thousand?
11 A Some thousand.
12 Q 77,500?
13 A Yes, sir.
(-- 14 Q The other 25 hundred went to Governor Martinez campaign,
15 did it not?
16 A I don't recall that for the Governor Martinez campaign.
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17 Q Do YOU recall the dote? That's all I am asking you.
18 The year?
19 A 1986.

20 Q The month. Let's not belabor the point. let me show


21 YOU these two checks. These two checks from the office of
22 Harold Kravitz. Did YOU know Mr. Harold Kravitz, the lawyer
23 in Hialeah?
24 A I don't think I met him. I don't know. I don't know
25 him.

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1 Q Is he the first one to Camilo Padreda?
2 A Yes.
3 Q That is not to the contractor; that is to you?
4 A Yes.
5 Q 20,000?
6 A Yes,
7 Q The second one is to the real estate office?
8 A Yes.
9 Q September 4 for the 80,000, 1986; September 6---
10 MR, CHAYKIN: I object, Improper predicate;
11 refreshing the recollection or is he reading from the
12 document?
13 MR, HOGAN: I am trying to save time.
14 THE COURT: Objection overruled. Go ahead,
15 Q Do yOU recall no~ if it was September 4th and September
16 6. 1986, that the two checks were written?
17 A Yes.
18 Q Sergio Pereira is a personal friend of yours, is he not?
19 A Yes, sir.
20 Q Did it ever enter your mind that the two things that yoU
21 did involving him might get him in trouble?
22 A No, sir.
23 Q No 1 sir?
24 A No. I say no.
( 25 Q You learned the bids on EsperanzQ were September 1982;

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1 that's when the bids come in, thot bid proposal YOU have in
( 2 front of YOU, that we have been through; YOU remember, the
3 one YOU signed?
4 A Yes.
5 Q September 30th, 1982?
6 A Yes.
7 Q You were here?
8 A I don't know if I was here. I was in Texas.
9 Q Your wife swore YOU were here?
10 A My wife--I think my wife--she knows my signature. She
11 knows very well my signature.
12 Q Okay. Do yOU for what subscribed and sworn to before me
13 this--
14 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection. Repetitious.
15 THE COURT: Sustained. It is repetitious.
In Q Your best recollection is YOU were in Texas?
17 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.
18 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
19 MR. HOGAN: Con I write Texas on the board?
20 THE COURT: You better not ask him.
21 MR. HOGAN: Moy I write Texas on the board?
22 THE COURT: Yes.
23 Q Had YOU had anything to do prior to September 30th,
24 1982, with the paperwork? Had yoU read anything, looked ot
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1 A I believe if YOU go over to this papers YOU will see
( 2 that Alfredo Osorio was the project manager in charge of the
3 bidding and the submitted everything.
4 Q Let me show YOU Government's exhibit 129 for
5 identification. All I asking you is: Do YOU Just put your
6 name on any letter thot is put 1n front of you?
7 A No.
8 Q You read them?
9 A Yes.
10 Q It is a two page document. September 1st, this letter,
11 do YOU see this letter? It is in evidence. It's signed by
12 you. Do YOU see that?
13 A Yes.
14 Q Camilo Padredo. I think YOU read it over before, and
15 YOU are asking them for additional information based upon
16 the prototype multiples is established on page 7.
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17 Do YOU notice, sir, that the documents yOU picked
18 UP, whether it was picked up, told yOU that the land had
19 been preselected and thot the developer had to pay for the
20 land?
21 A That was one of the Question thot we have.
22 Q Did YOU read the documents?
23 A No, r have not read the documents. Mr. Osorio read the
24 document.
( 25 Q Therefore, yOU could not have a Question because yOU did

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1 not read the document?

( 2 A That's correct.
3 Q Who told YOU they had a Question?
4 A Mr. Osorio.
5 Q The project director told yOU he did not know whether
6 the cost of the land was included in the project?
7 A That is correct.
8 Q How long before?
9 A It have to be dote two, three days before.
10 Q I understand you where are in Texas probably a couple of
11 weeks out of every month, were yOU not?
12 A Yes.
13 Q This is 8 years, ago 9 years a90?
14 A That's correct.
15 Q You flew, did YOU not?
16 A Yes.
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17 Q Bock and forth?
18 A Yes.
19 Q Airline tickets?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Where are they?
22 A Where whot?
23 Q The airline tickets. Did yoU submit them to your
24 company?
25 A Fight years 090, 9 years (190. I don't know. I distroy

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1 them. I moved 3 times already.

( 2 Q You don't have them?


3 A No, sir.
4 Q They have been destroYed?
5 A You can have the airline. Maybe the airline,
6 Continental Airline. Also sometime Eastern Airline.
7 Q September 1, 1982 to September 30th, what weeks do yOU
8 spend in Texas jn your normal routine?
9 A Two weeks. 3 weeks. Sometimes a full month.
10 Q Two months at a time?
11 A Sometimes one month at a time.
12 Q The Government aSKed YOU specific questions about things
13 YOU did and meetings YOU made and based upon YOU being in
(-
14 Texas on September 1st. Do YOU have some document showing
15 you were in Texas?
16 A No. I don't have any documents.
17 Q Do YOU have anything?
18 A Not to my knowledge?
19 A Ask the Question.
20 Q Do YOU have anything other than your independent memory
21 as to where YOU were between September 1st and September
22 30th?
23 A No. I have not.
24 Q What YOU are talking about during those days are the
( 25 meeting YOU had with Julio Castano, YOU told us on direct.
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1 Can YOU SOy today, from your independent memory, that it was
( 2 sometime in September?
3 A Between the 9th, 10th or the 11th.
4 Q Why?
5 A Because most of that I live in Miami.
6 Q What did YOU do between the 9th, 10th and 11th of
7 Septemoer of 1983?
8 A I no recall where I was at that time.
9 Q Did yOU talk over with your wife to see if yOU can set
10 the date better?
11 A No. I talk to nobody about those times.
12 Q Except the Government?
13 A I don't think I talked specifically with the Government.
14 In that particular time. yes, I think I talked to the
15 Government. Yes. In 1982; not 1983. You just asked me if
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16 I know where I was in 1983.
17 Q The answer was no?
18 A The answer is no.
19 Q How about '84?
20 A The answer is no.
21 Q '8S?

22 A The answer is here in Miami.


23 Q September?
24 A September.
( 25 Q How about May of '85?
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1 A Miami. No. In Europe.
( 2 Q Europe?
3 A Yes. May '85 I was in Paris, and---
4 Q The point is it is difficult to recall?
5 A Yes. Some specific moment YOU remember.
6 Q Somebody can put it together for you if they show YOU

7 different things.
8 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection. Argumentative.
9 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
10 Q Is there any Kay YOU con honestly tell us, from your
11 independent recollection, from your independent
12 recollection, where YOU were in the Mayor's office, Julio
13 Castano's office, in Texas, wherever, during that time?
14 Can YOU tell us the day YOU signed this letter,
15 Government's exhibit 129 doted September 1st, were YOU in
16 Miami? Were YOU in Texas? Where Kere you?
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17 A let me explain to YOU. I SOy the beginning, most of the
18 time that my office, I have to send a letter. They wont me
19 to sign the letter. They send the letter to Texas. Federal
20 Express.
21 Q Overnight?
22 A Yes. I sign it and sent it back.
23 Q That's two days?
24 A Can be two days. Can be one day.
( 25 Q You can handle your business from Texas?

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1 A Yes.

c 2 Q There was no need for yOU to be here September 1st to


3 September 30th?
4 A I said I spend two weeks; most of the time two weeks in
5 Texas and the rest over here. I also have business in
6 Miami. I also have business that my wife owns downstairs,
7 down to my office. I also have two kids that I have to take
8 care of.
9 Q Your wife also owns--is a sale stockholder of C and J
10 Contractors?
11 A Sir.
12 Q Your wife was also the sale owner of C and J Contractors
13 in August of 1984, was she not?
14 A That's correct.
15 Q That was because YOU hod been indicted?
16 A I don't think that in 1984 have anything to do with my
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17 indictment.
18 Q She owned the contracting company?
19 A Yes. That is the only thing she has.
20 Q What did they build?
21 A She is dOing some contractor and carpet and tile.
22 Q How about '84.
23 A I no remember 1984.
24 Q Do yOU remember being in partners with Delcoron
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1 Brownsville , Texas?

( 2 A Yes. It never was funded.


3 Q Were YOU in that deal?
4 A Yes l as a general contractor.
5 Q for C and J Contractors?
6 A As a general contractor for the project.
7 Q Wnen YOU walked into the Mayor's office for the first
8 time concerning this project , can you tell us what your best
9 recollection is now today when that was , what date?
10 A Summer. I don't say the date.
11 Q Summer of '82?
12 A Of '82.
13 Q What was the last time YOU talked to the mayor about
14 this contract?
15 A Two days after or one night after the bid was awarded.
16 Q You knew that because yOU had to go to the hospital
17 shortly thereafter?
18 A Be on the 15th.
19 Q At the meeting on that occasion , yOU said there were
20 other people present?
21 A Cardona was present. There was another man there
22 present.
23 Q What did the other man look like?
24 A Tall , young person. I do not recall.
( 25 Q Color of hoir?
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1 A I do not recall. Maybe block.

( 2 Q Maybe. All right. How long was that meeting?


3 A Half hour. An hour.
4 Q Between a half hour and an hour?
5 A 20 minutes. I don't recall.
6 Q You were in pain?
7 A Yes.
8 Q What time of day or night was it?
9 A After 7 for one night.
10 Q Between 7 and 9; it eQuId not be later than that?
11 A I don't think so,
12 Q That was after Mr. Osorio visited YOU at your house?
13 A That was that night or the night after.
14 Q One or the two nights. You can't tell us if Mr. Osorio
15 Visited yOU and then you left and went over to the Mayor's
16 house?
17 A I don't have that recollection.
18 Q Do YOU recall now what YOU said to the mayor or were YOU
19 talking to the mayor or were YOU talking to Cardona or were
20 YOU all seated in the living room?
21 A I think everybody was sitting in the living room,
22 Cardona and the mayor and myself.
23 Q Around a table?
24 A I don't see any toble. I see a sofa; two chairs, and
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1 Q Prior to this meeting had your indictment ever come up?


( 2 A Yes. On prior to the meeting I have with the mayor that
3 night, yes.
4 Q Yes.
5 A Yes.
6 Q I know YUU had been indicted. Did YOU have tu file a
7 certificate of prior porticipation?
8 A I have done that way before the indictment.
9 Q You hod though, had YOU not?
10 A I had that.
11 Q Did yOU change it, have to file it twice?
12 A Nobudy asked me for a change. I don't recall.
13 Q I understand that. Do yOU have any recollection?
L 14 A I dont recall.
15 Q Do yOU recall Morganti asking to YOU file a new one
16 after your indictment?
17 A I don't think I talked to Mr. Morganti. sir.
18 Q Did YOU get a telegram from him?
19 A Not to the best of my knowledge. I don't know.
20 Q Did YOU have anY--did yoU know there could be a problem
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21 with HUD if YOU were under indictment at that time? Did yoU
22 know that?
23 A Maybe because of my position at that time or where I was
24 aware, I was not worrying about this as much as I was
( 25 worried about the other things.
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1 Q You were worried about the indictment in Texas and the
( 2 your mind was on other things?
3 A Yes.
4 a More important.
5 A I think so.
6 Q I think yOU told us that after the contract had been
7 withdrawn and Mr. Osorio had a conversation with YOU, when
8 yOU talked to the mayor the moyor soid, HyOU must be crazy;
9 yOU had the best proposal, the highest number of points and
10 the votes. You should have stayed in there,"
11 A I don't say the mayor told me crazy.
12 Q All the rest?
13 A That was my project wos the best according to what he
14 hear, my project was the best project.
15 Q Did yOU SOY, what, are YOU crazy, the FBI was there?"
16 A I don't say I was crazy.
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17 Q What did yOU soy when the mayor said that? Did YOU

18 think the mayor---


19 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.
20 MR. HOGAN: I apologize. Go ahead.
21 A I told the moyor what Osorio told me.
22 a That he had to withdraw the contract because the FBI was
23 there; he hod been approached by Fmma.
24 A I told the mayor that Emma approched David Perez, who
( 25 they know from other projects that they hod been together,
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1 and the Emma person told the architect thot they request the

( 2 FBI or the FBI was there at their request, because they know
3 there was money for this project, and it was David Perez
4 told Alfredo Osorio and Alfredo Osorio make the decision;
5 went to the board at that time and request the board that
6 the bid from Camilo Padreda, Contractor, Inc.
7 Q Had YOU rehearsed that answer?
8 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.
9 THE COURT: Objection sustained.
10 MR. CHAYKIN: I move it be striken.
11 THE COURT: Motion as to strike is granted.
12 Q How many times had YOU given that answer in those words
13 before?
L 14 A How many times.
15 Q Have YOU ever over that answer with that gentleman right
16 there, who questioned YOU before? Did yOU gO over that
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17 answer about what the mayor said?
18 A I believe so.
19 Q How many times?
20 A Maybe once. Maybe two.
21 Q In the Grand Jury?
22 A At the Grand Jury, and previous to that.
23 Q With the FBI?
24 A The FBI was there.
( 25 Q You went over with the FBI and with Mr. Chaykin , that

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1 answer before YOU went to the Grand Jury, did YOU not?

( 2 A Yes.
3 Q Then yOU went over again in the Grand Jury, did YOU not?
4 A r went agoin.
5 Q You said that resPonse again?
6 A I don't understand your question. If YOU can clarify.
7 Q Where where were YOU on November 9th when the
8 evaluation--instead of a date, an evaluation teom met
9 November 8th and 9th, 1982? Were YOU in Texas?
10 A I was in Tallahassee the date that I--when I come from
11 Tallahassee I received a call from Texas about 5:30 in my
12 house; tell me that I had been indicted in Texas. That was
13 the night of the indictment. According to the record, it
14 was November the 9th.
15 Q You were in Miami?
16 A I was in Miami. I make phone calls, and I went to see
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17 my lawyer that night.
18 Q You were in Miami?
19 A I was in Miami.
20 Q You went so see to see a lawyer that night?
21 A Yes, sir.
22 Q When did YOU learn of the results of the the evaluation
23 teom, if ever?
24 A I don't think I recall that to know what the evaluation
( 25 team was.

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1 Q You did not know where yOU stood?
( 2 A No.
3 Q When did you learn, if ever l that the roof had been
4 changed?
5 A The rood?
5 Q The roof in the prDPosal.
7 A The roof?
8 Q You can show us the page in there. You have been over
9 that. You had been over this document?
lQ A I was not over this document. This is maybe the second
11 or 3rd time I gO over this document.
12 Q Before with the Government?
13 A I say with the Government l once. I think Just one.
L 14 One; not twice. The roof was here. That was the problem
15 with the roof.
16 Q The problem was in the top part, right?
17 A The top port of the picture to the inside of the house.
18 Q Let's show what I am looking otl and what other problems
19 were there in this proposal?
20 A I have no ideo what other problem was.
21 Q Were changes made to that proposal?
22 A I have no ideo what other problems was or change was. I
23 was informed that was the roof. I was in Texas when I was
24 informed.
( 25 Q Informed what?

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1 A Informed about the change that have to be mode.
( 2 Q That had to be at the end of the month or first week in
3 the month?
4 A Have to be sometime. One was the evaluation.
5 Q November 8th and 9th?
6 A November '89 I spent most of the time in Texas.
16
7 Q I am aware of that.
8 THE COURT: Counsel, don't make responses.
9 Q If I take this away, tell me whpn you first met with
10 Julio Castano.
11 A Maybe 1979.
12 Q That was while he was with the City of Miami, was it
13 not?
14 A Yeah.
15 Q He was a strong patriotic Cuban American, was he not?
16 A (orrect.
17 Q Very forceful; somewhat stubborn, hard headed?
18 A Good veteran.
19 Q I beg your pardon.
20 A He was a veteran.
21 Q He had been in Vietnam. He was wounded. He was on 60
22 percent disability?
23 A Disability.
24 Q A little crazy sometimes?
25 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection.

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1 THf COURT: Sustained.

( 2 Q Was he a little weird sometimes? Kind of fly off the


3 handle?
4 A I hove no ideo. I am not a doctor to answer the
5 question.
6 Q You. sir. since 1960 hove been out in the company of
7 many, many people. I am asking YOU was he a little strange
8 compared to others at times?
9 A I really don't recall.
10 Q He also is dead. is he not?
11 A He 0150 whot?
12 Q Is dead. Another person yOU talked to about this who is
13 dead?
14 A Yes, he is dead.
15 Q And the meeting YOU hod with him the mayor was not
16 present?
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17 A No.
18 Q He calls yOU and said to come over?
19 A Mr. Castano was the one who called me, yes.
20 Q The best date you con give us is when in '82?
21 A Have to be around September 9, 10. That is the usual
22 one when I was in Miami.
23 Q It had to be in September?
24 A It was after we pick UP the proposal.
25 Q That was September 10?

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1 A Have to be after that, Maybe the 11th or the 12th.

( 2 When YOU say we pick the proposal?


3 Q I will show YOU, After he signed the concrete receipt
4 for the proposal YOU said not after, I am sorry,
5 You met Mr, Castano. He called YOU on the
6 telephone. "come over."
7 A Yes.
8 Q A day or two ofter you sjgned the receipt for the
9 proposal?
10 A I don't recall when I signed the receipt for the
11 proposal,
12 Q When your company got it?
13 A I don't recall when the company got it. If YOU can tell
14 me.
15 Q I can. but I am asking YOU if YOU con refer to the time.
16 A I am referring to the time that use to be in Miami is
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17 about ofter the first weeK after the 5th or the 6th when we
18 pay the subcontractor. We try to pay subcontractors before
19 the 10th of the month. Between the 5th and 6th in order to
20 get two percent discount.
21 After that I sign the checK; give the checK, come
22 bock to Miami.
23 Q If it was then, if yoU picked jt UP the last week in
24 August. or the first week in September. YOU would not have
( 25 been here to do it?

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1 A To pick UP the papers?

( 2 Q Yes.
3 A I don't think so.
4 Q Was that the date of reference YOU used? Do YOU
5 understand my date of reference for establtshing when YOU

6 first talked to Castano?


7 A I remember I talked to Castano in my office when he
8 called, and we have already the request for proposal. When
9 he coIled and asked me to come to his office.
10 Q You already hod the request proposal? You had this
11 document?
12 A What day we have that document?
13 a I said yOU already had this when yOU talked to Castano.
14 A My office has it.
15 a You were seeing it? Somebody told you?
16 A I cannot tell YOU I saw it, no.
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17 a If this was picked UP on August 30th, and YOU said yOU
18 could not be in town~ it would have hod to have been
19 September 10?
20 A ProbablY, yes.
21 Q You go to Castano's office. He calls YOU and says,
22 "come over to the office."
23 Is that the first time he ever called YOU to come
24 to his office?
( 25 A To the best of my recollection, yes.

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1 Q Where were YOU, sir~ at home or in your---
2 A My office.
3 Q It was sometime in the morning or afternoon? Can YOU
4 tell us which?
5 A After eleven O'ClOCK. Have to be. Maybe it was in the
6 morning.
7 Q It hod not happened---
8 THE COURT: Rephrase your question.
9 Q That hod not happened before, hod 1tl that Mr. Castano
10 called yOU and soid--- Did he call YOU Camilo?
11 A Yes.
12 Q ·Come over to the office ? H

13 A Yes.
L 14 Q You went right OWOy?
15 A Maybe on hour, two hours or maybe after 10 minutes. I
16 don't recall.
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17 Q He did not tell YOU what he wonted l on the telephone?
18 A No, he did not.
19 Q Did YOU call the mayor and sOY, "why is this gUY colling

21 A No, I did not.


22 Q You just went?
23 A Yes.

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Q When YOU got there, YOU went to his office.
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1 A I don't recoIl if he hod a secretory or not. I remember
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( 2 go to the hallway, to the right, to the end of his office.
3 Q What did he SOy? "Hello?" Exchanged pleasantries?
4 A I have no recollection of what he said to soy hello to
5 me or good morning or good afternoon, Mr. Padreda, but I
6 remember the conversation that he was told me that he would
7 try to help me 1n the Esperanza Project; that he would do
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8 his best, that he is going to talk to the people in the
9 housing authority in my behalf, and at the end of the
10 conversation he also told me that he is looking for to buy a
11 car, and he need the financing to buy a car.
12 Q How long wos the conversation?
13 A It lasted about a half hour; maybe 45 minutes.
L 14 Q Tell me what yOU said during that half hour.
15 A I appreciate what yoU are doing, and I appreciate that
16 YOU are helping me to get this project.
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17 Q That is like two, 3 minutes. What else was said?
18 A Maybe we are talking about baseball. I don't remember.
19 I specifically remember it was two things.
20 Q It lasted a half hour.
21 A Maybe 40 minutes. Maybe 30 minutes. Maybe 15 minutes.
22 Q After yoU got out of there. YOU went right to the
23 Mayor's office?
24 A Yes.
( 25 Q He could not see you right away?

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1 A I think I was waiting there for a few minutes.
( 2 Q Five minutes?
3 A 10 minutes.
4 Q You went in?
5 A I went in.
6 Q He was---
7 A He wos at the meeting.
8 Q He was at a meeting?
9 A Yes.
10 Q With whom?
11 A I don't know.
12 Q People?
13 A There was people there. Meeting with the people.
L 14 Q Men and women?
15 A No. I have no idea. We met at the conference room.
16 Q Which is where?
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17 A Next to his office.
18 Q Did you close the door?
19 A Yes.
20 Q Did YOU ask for it to be in private. or did he toke YOU

21 in there?
22 A He was busy there.
23 Q How long was that conversation?
24 A At the most 3, four minutes.
25 Q You just relate the best YOU can what YOU said to the

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1 mayor and what the maYor said to you.
2 A The mayor just came from the Castano office. He told me
3 he will help me to get all this--helping to get the
4 Esperanza Project , and at the end of the conversation he
5 told me he was looKing to help in the finance the 20 / 000
6 Mercedes.
7 Q This was with the mayor?
8 A The mayor. The mayor was a little pissed off. He told
9 me it's UP to him. That is his problem. He said he knows
10 what he is doing. That is his problem.
11 Q That was in Spanish?
12 A That was in Spanish, yes.
13 Q HThat is his problem. H How does that translate in
L 14 Spanish? What would YOU say?
15 A Esa su problema, domio.
16 Q It's not my problem. It is your problem. Your problem?
17 A Sir. YOU say how is it translated. It's translated the
18 the mayor would tell me that his problem. No my problem.
19 That's the translation.
20 Q That is Castano's problem?
21 A That's correct.
22 Q Not my problem?
23 A That's correct.
24 Q Did he ever discuss Your problem?
( 25 A He discuss my problem?

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1 Q Yes.

( 2 A No.
3 Q The 20.000 was for he needed financing for a Mercedes,
4 correct?
5 A That's what he said.
6 Q That was the extent of your conversations with Castano
7 until when?
8 A After that I had not recalled that Castano called me
9 anymore and talked to me anymore.
10 Q Did YOU ever talk to him again?
11 A I don't recall.
12 Q Were YOU at the meeting of contractors on September 10.
13 1982. when they went over the project and asked questions.
L 14 contractors asked questions?
15 A No. I was not.
16 a You were not?
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17 A I was not there.
18 Q But the best of your recollection YOU were in town?
19 A Yes. sir.
20 Q Let me show YOU Government's exhibit 107. which has been
21 identified, has been admitted as a Sign 1n sheet for
22 September 10. 1982.
23 MR. CHAYKIN: The date of the meeting has never
24 been established. That was a sign it Of---
( 25 MR. HOGAN: The exhibit list says 9A and 10. 1

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1 was relying on the Government exhibit list.
( 2 MR. CHAYKIN: That is the exhibit list.
3 Q Let me show YOu--con YOU tell me, have yoU ever seen a
4 sign in sheet like that, speaking of this exhibit?
5 A Yes.
o Q Is that YOur contracting company?
7 A Yes.
8 Q Is that your writing?
9 A No.
10 Q Whose writing is that?
11 A Mr. Osorio.
12 Q Osorio was at the meeting on September 10 or whenever
13 it's established?
14 A I don't know. I presume he was the one who draw this.
15 That is not my handwriting.
16 Q Assume that was September 10. That would have been the
17 day you were also at City Hall. Would it not?
18 A Maybe I was there the 9th, 10th or Ith. At what time
19 was that meeting? At what time was that?
20 Q I can't answer a question.
21 THE COURT: Just wait for the next question.
22 Q Did there ever come a time yoU knew, speaking of you,
23 YOU as the person who put this project together with your
24 partners, not the nuts and bolts, but the Camilo Padreda
25 contractors, did there ever come a time yOU knew before
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1 December 13th whether the land cost hod to be included in
2 the cost?
3 A No, sir.
4 Q As of the fino] day when the project was given to Fmmer,
5 YOU never knew whether that included the land cost or it did
6 not include it?
7 A I don't believe so.
8 Q Before YOU is the proposal that your company submitted,
9 correct?
10 A A hum.
11 Q Do YOU see it there?
12 A Here it is.
13 Q That is exhibit number 106, is it not?
14 A Yes.
1.8
15 Q You are familiar with a roof design. Can YOU tell us,
16 sir, where the indication in here is that YOU were in
17 partnership with anybody? Do YOU understand my Question?
18 A Yes, sir.
19 Q Will yoU show us that, please. First, I refer yOU to
20 page 6.
21 A All my partners resumes are here. Port of this
22 proposal.
23 Q What page is that on?
24 A 20. 48. 25. Developers.
(.,.
25 Q Where does it SOy they are your partners? I see Mr .

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1 Osorio's resume.

( 2 A Yes.
3 Q Where does it soy he is your portner?
4 A In the page 20. 48. 14 say---
5 Q Let me go bock. 20. 48. 14.
6 A Say developers and experience. No just one developer.
7 Developers. And experience.
8 Q Developers, HUD experience.
9 A Developers, HUn experience. Developers. No developer.
10 Q Down below it says developer? And it says Carnilo A.
11 Padreda?
12 A That's the name of the company. We have a joint venture
13 agreement for the project.
L 14 Q Did yOU ever put on the certificate of prior
15 participation anything having to do with these people being
16 your partners?
17 A I think it was oot--1 think it was not request by the
18 Dade County HUD.
19 Q How about the HUD--did YOU read the HUD-- How about the
20 HUD form? Did YOU read it where it says list 011
21 associates, partners?
22 A I don't have in front of me. If J see I can tell YOU.

23 Q Here is one-eleven-15, two pages, four sjdes. Have YOU

24 ever seen this document? Do yOU know what a certificate of


( 25 prior participation is?
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1 A Yes.
2 Q Let me show YOU one-eleven-fifteen. Do YOU see where it
3 says Camilo Padreda} president; Jeanette Padreda}
4 secretary-treasurer.
5 A Yes.
6 Q I guess she was an officer?
7 A Yes.
8 Q Those two signatures SOy they are signed on September
9 30th, 1989?
10 A Yes.
11 Q Was that foxed to YOU, or I guess at that time was that
12 sent to YOU by Federal Express in Texas, or did YOU change
13 the dote?
14 A I had no changed the dote.
15 Q Then it must have been sent by Federal Express?
16 A Maybe I sign it} and this is what the day it was
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17 presented.
18 Q What does it SOy over?
19 A First of all, I cannot remember what day this was, this
20 form was prepared by Alfredo Osorio. It was not prepared by
21 me. I sign it. I no POy attention to the dote. The dote
22 is the dote that I have to make a presentation.
23 Q You mean yoU Just signed and they filled in the rest?
24 A That's what I presume. Thot is over here; Alfredo
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1 Q The form was prepared by him?
2 A By him.
3 Q Fine. Do YOU know what participation Alfredo Osorio had
4 in this project?
5 A 25 percent.
6 Q And Sacoso?
7 A 25 percent.
8 Q Your other portner,
9 A 25 percent.
10 Q Where in any document you filed with this project, does
11 it SOy that?
12 A I don't know.
13 Q Have YOU ever seen any document where it says that?
14 A I don't know,
15 Q Have YOU ever disclosed they were your partners?
16 A No. I don't know. The paper was prepared, Every paper
17 down here was prepared by Alfredo Osorio,
18 Q By somebody else?
19 A Yes, because I was in Texas most of the time.
20 Q I agree with YOU sir.
21 MR. CHAYKIN: Objectj.on.
22 THE COURT: Counsel, stop making statements about
23 yOU agree with him or don't agree with him.
24 MR. HOGAN: I apologize. I am having a little
25 trouble.
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1 THE COURT: I understand. I am giving YOU all the

( 2 leeway necessarily.
3 a You were in Texas most of the time, correct?
4 A That's correct.
5 a Do YOU have the form in front of you?
6 A Yes.
7 a look at the back of the first page; your signature
8 appears, back side. Do YOU see what is shown as a list of
9 previous projects in section 8 contracts?
10 A Yes.
11 a You put down Camilo Podredo, general contractor, HUD
12 project dated July---
13 A I am sorry, counsel.
14 Q Dated July '80 through October '8l, correct? The top
15 one.
16 A Yes.
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17 Q Were they your partners in that project in 1980?
18 A Yes.
19 a Camilo Padreda, General Contractors, is the same one HUn
20 project 811, January '81 through January '82, 75 units.
21 That was a project YO did in Miami, Florida, for H.U.D.
22 Were they your partners in that project?
23 A Yes, they were.
24 Q Were they all Nicaraguans?
25 A Yes, they were.

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1 Q The 3rd one is Camilo Padreda, Genera] Contractors, Inc.


2 HUD project '83, correct?
3 A Yes.
4 Q Were they your portner in that 65 unit?
5 A Yes, they were. They were my partners.
6 Q You hod already done three projects for HUn with these
7 partners?
8 A That's correct.
9 Q None of which were in Hialeah?
10 A No.
11 Q All of which were in Miami?
12 A Dade County.
13 Q Hod YOU approached the officials in Miami to help yOU on
14 those three projects?
15 A No, sir.
16 Q No lobbying; no nothing?
17 A No.
18 Q No political help?
19 A No.
20 (SIDEBAR CONFERENCE)
21 MR. HOGAN: I worked hard this week. Can I go
22 through one other area with a memorandum made about the
23 time, and recess? I am dead tired. I won't take more thon
24 15 minutes.

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J.9 1 counsel have much more after that?
2 MR. HOGAN: I have on hour and a half, two hours.
3 THE COURT: Let's see how we go.
4 MR. HOGAN: I am physically tired.
5 THE COURT: I will give YOU a little surprise.
6 (SIDEBAR CONFFRFNCE CONCLUDED)
7 BY MR. HOGAN:
8 Q Were YOU in pain on December 14, 1982?
9 A I don't understand your Question.
10 Q Were yOU in pain on December 14, 1982?
11 A That's correct.
12 Q Did yoU on that day have a meeting with your partners?
13 A Yes, sir.
L 14 Q Where was it held?
15 A At the office.
16 Q Who was present?
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17 A All the partners.
18 Q Yourself, Mr. Cardoso, Mr. Osorio and Mr. Socoso, right?
19 A I believe so, yes.
20 Q Right?
21 A Yes.
22 Q What did yoU discuss?
23 A Alfredo Osorio discussed the problem that we have the
24 night before.
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1 A That the Fmmer people talked to David Perez and David
2 Perez told him that the FBI was there investigating the
3 project r and he make the decision to withdrew from the
4 project.
5 Q Was that in the daytime?
6 A When?
7 Q When yoU hod the meeting in your office with your
8 partner?
9 A Yes.
10 Q How long was the meeting?
11 A I don't recall , but it was maybe an hourI two hour
12 meeting.
13 Q What else did YOU discuss?
L 14 A All the problems that we were trying to do.
15 Q Did YOU make UP a memorandum of that meeting?
16 A Mr. Sacasa always make memorandums of the meeting;
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17 always make up a memo to the file.
18 Q Of the meeting?
19 A Of the meetings or anything.
20 Q Did he make a memorandum?
21 A Yes. He did. He did make a memorandum.
22 Q You have seen that memorandum?
23 A Yes r I see the memorandum. I read the memorandum.
24 Q And read it?
( 25 A Yes.

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1 Q Can YOU tell me, sir, where the file is that that
( 2 memorandum come from?
3 A I don't have any ideo.
4 Q How did YOU happen to get it?
5 A I no have any idea. I got two or three papers, and one
6 of the papers that was when it was the subpoena in my office
7 that was there. I don't know.
8 Q When was that?
9 A Two years or one year ago. Somethj.ng like that.
10 Q Two years ago the Government---
11 A One year. Maybe one year.
12 Q One year ago?
13 A Maybe.
L 14 Q So that would have been--- Do you have any independent
15 recollection of when it was?
16 A The papers and the banks statement and everything hod
17 been subpoenaed for all the Government agencies, including
18 YOU.
19 Q I have not subpoenaed YOU until after April of 1990.
20 A I don't Soy the dote.
21 Q I thought yoU said a year ago?
22 A Everything had been subpoenaed. Now, I don't recall.
23 Q Listen to my question. There is a memorandum of a
24 meeting of December 14, 1990 that YOU tell us a dead man
< 25 mode, right?
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1 A A hum.

( 2 Q Correct?
3 A Yes.
4 Q You have had an opportunity to read that memorandum,
5 have YOU not?
6 A Yes, I have been reading that.
7 Q That is the only memorandum in existence, from your
8 files, is it not?
9 A In that for that project?
10 Q Yes, for that project.
11 A Yes.
12 Q The only one?
13 A Because all the documents was keep by the Socoso grouPJ
L 14 because I move out of the office after my indictment in
15 Texas, and two or three months after I desired to move my
16 office alone and no gO do any other business with them, and
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17 everything was keep there at their office.
18 Q Except this memorandum?
19 A Except the memorandum and except some other memos in
20 other respect.
21 Q Where are they?
22 A That be in the new joint venture agreement and the
23 project in Texas.
24 Q The Texas agreement?
25 A Yes.

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1 Q The only dockuments YOU had in Fsperanza was the

( 2 memoranda made by Mr. Sacasa, who is dead?


3 A I thinK it is a two or three memorandums, but not
4 related to this project.
5 Q The memorandum is not signed or initia1eo, is it?
6 A No.
7 Q Do we have the original?
8 A Do I have the original? No.
9 Q Did YOU supply the original? Did your supply the
10 original or a Xerox COpy?
11 A Xerox copy. That's what I have, a Xerox COpy.
12 Q Where did YOU keep it since December 14, 1982?
13 A It was in my file.
L 14 Q Under what?
15 A I don't recall. I was not the one who find out that
16 paper.
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17 Q Was Osorio port of the partnership for Sacasa to watch
18 your expenditures in the amount of fees YOU were charging?
19 A I think the only person who signed checks in my
20 corporotion was Alfredo Sacasa.
21 Q I am talking about Osorio. Was Osorjo there to watch
22 you?
23 A I don't know.
24 MR. HOGAN: Thirty-nine for identification.
( 25 THE COURT: It would happen appear it is on there

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1 appropriately.

( 2 Q I am showing YOU Defendant's Exhibit No. 39 for


3 identification, purporting to be a memo to file of a meeting
4 December 14, 1982 between Padreda, Adosia, Osorio and
5 Sacasa?
6 A Con I ask a Question? You say yoU show it to the
7 defendant. Am I a defendant over here?
8 Q I said it is a defendant's exhibit.
9 A You showed to the defendant.
10 Q I am showing it to the witness. let me get these other
11 things out of your way. Do YOU understand yOU are still a
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13 A Not in this room.
L 14 Q Would each person in the group have a copy of this
15 memorandum?
16 A I don't hove any idea.
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18 A To give one to each person.
19 a Anyone at that meeting would have known yOU discussed
20 all these things?
21 A I presume so.
22 Q Did you?
23 A I was there.
24 Q I understand, but did yoU, or was this just a cover
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1 MR. CHAYKIN: Objection. Argumentative.

( 2 THE COURT: Overruled.


3 A We were discussing about everything.
4 Q This looks like this meeting might have token quite
5 sometime. How long?
6 A An hour. Two hours. That's what I soy the beginning.
7 I don't recall.
8 Q This is a day YOU were in pain? The next day YOU would
9 gO to the hospital , right?
10 A That's correct.
11 Q Were yOU seated?
12 A Probably, yes.
13 Q Were YOU bleeding?
L 14 A Probably, yes.
15 Q Did yOU notice any stains?
16 A I using the little balloon there.
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18 A The answer is no.
19 Q The memorandum mentions a number of things; one, two,
20 three, four and after four is number five. Mr. Padreda
21 refers to the withdrawal yesterday of the Esperanza proposal
22 which has been presented to HUD in Hialeah by Camilo A.
23 Padredo , General Contractor, Inc. What did yOU tell them?
24 A What, Osorio come to my office?
( 25 Q Osorio was there?

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1 A Yes. I said to the other partners that Osorio come to

( 2 my office yesterday and tell me this.


3 Q Where is the memo of went YOU went back to your partners
4 after the Mayor of Hialeah asked yOU for $150,000,
5 supposedly?
6 A I have no memo on that.
7 Q Do YOU have any memo of any discussion at that time?
8 A I talked to Mr. Socaso and Osorio was there on the
9 computer room, which is next to Alfredo Sacasa. He was port
10 of the conversation.
11 Q Where was the memo of that?
12 A I don't make the memos.
13 Q Never?
L 14 A I never. I don't make the memos.
15 Q If YOU told--Mr. Sacasa was an honorable man was he not?
16 A Sure.
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17 Q Friend of the Dominican president?
18 A Sir.
19 Q He was well connected in the Dominican Republic?
20 A I don't think so.
21 Q I meon in Nicaragua.
22 A Yes.
23 Q He was well connected in Nicaragua, was he not?
24 A Yes.
25 Q Close to the administration?

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1 A Yes.

( 2 a He wrote this memo, sir, about the Padreda proposal?


3 A About what? Mr. Padreda---
4 a Proposal being turned down. That is what it says. The
5 Padreda--Mr. Padredo referred to the withdrawal yesterday of
6 the Esperanzo proposal?
7 A Yes.
8 Q Well the Esperanza proposal was the Padreda proposal,
9 was it not?
10 A Was the corporation proposal.
11 a Mr. Osorio for sure was at this meeting?
12 A That's for sure.
13 Q When YOU discussed the FBI?
L 14 A Yes.
15 Q It was in the daytime?
16 A Yes.
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17 a You had been to the Mayor's house?
18 A No at that time. I don't believe so.
19 a Then we know it could not have been the night of
20 December 13th, 1982, don't we? We have established, have we
21 not, it hod to be after the 13th?
22 A Sir, I said that I don't know if I went to the house of
23 the mayor on the 13th or 14th, and this memoranda is the
24 dated the 14th.
25 Q Did YOU gO after that meeting?

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1 A I no remember if I went before this meeting to the
2 mayor's house, or after the meeting to the mayor's house. I

3 no remember if I went to the 13th or 14th.


4 Q At this time your corporation was in some or your
5 partnership was having some problems, was it not? You were
6 trying to reduce costs?
7 A Because this project was not--it was not done. We have
8 no problem in Miami at that time.
9 Q Because of this project that it was denied the night
10 before YOU were going to start reducing costs the next day?
11 A That's correct.
12 Q There hod been no effort on your port, on the part of
13 the four partners, to reduce cost prior to December 13,
L 14 1982?
15 A If we have to do the project, we have to have the best
16 people we have in the office.
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17 Q What were yoU building in Texas? Was not Osorio in
18 Texas?
19 A No. Osorio was once a month, once every two month or
20 more. Sometimes he did not show UP in Texas for three
21 months.
22 Also Mr. Osorio was in Texas two or three times
23 because he wont to build a hotel with Mr. Sacasa and Mr.
24 Odosio, and they were in Texas, and they were trying to
25 build a project in Texas with one of the hotel chains.

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1 Q Who rDn the meeting?
2 A Sir.
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3 Q Who ron the meeting? Who chaired the meeting. Who W(JS

4 in charge?
5 A Always Mr. Sacaso.
6 Q Who took the notes?
7 A Mr. Sacasa.
8 Q In longhand?
9 A Yes.
10 Q In Spanish? Do YOU speak Spanish?
11 A I don't know what we got of this or whatever. He was
12 the one who did this.
13 Q What was his native language?
L 14 A Mr. Socasa?
15 Q Yes.
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16 A He was on engineer.
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17 Q What native language? What was his native language?
18 A Both, very well.
19 Q He was born in England?
20 A No. He was born in ~icaragua, was raised down here and
21 was married, I believe.
22 Q Did the four of YOU speak Spanish or Fnglish?
23 A Spanish.
24 Q Can YOU tell me then why the memorandum is in Fng]ish?
25 A You have to find out everything was in English.

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1 Q He is dead?

( 2 A Well, sir, I am sorry YOU can ask the other two


3 partners.
4 MR. HOGAN: That's all I have with this
5 memorandum,
6 THE COURT: Is that all YOU have on the
7 memorandum?
8 MR. HOGAN: Yes.
9 THf COURT: I told YOU I would give YOU a surprise.
10 You got it. We will be in recess until Monday morning at
11 nine o'clock,
12 Now is the time to just sit back and enjoy
13 yourselves; have 0 nice weekend. Do don't read anything
L 14 about this case in the newspaper. Don't watch any
15 television. Don't listen to anything on the radio. Don't
16 discuss the case with anYone. Don't permit anybody to
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18 express any opinions about the merits of the case.
19 Anything else requested at this time from the
20 Government?
21 MR. CHAYKIN: No.
22 THE COURT: Defense counsel.
23 MR. HOGAN: No.
24 I certify the foregoing is a true and correct
transcript from the record of proceedings in the
25 above-entitled matter.

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13 BEFORE THE HONORABLE JAMES W. KEHOE
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16 APPEARANCES :
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For the Plaintiff : STEVEN CHAYKIN , ESQ .
18 BRUCE UDOLF, ESQ .
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For the Defendant : JAMES J. HOGAN , ESQ .
20 EVELYN GREER, ESQ.
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1 ~R. HOGAN: I mar~ed for identi f ication exhibit
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\. 2 39A a memorandum of a meeting December 14. 1982 . between ~r .

3 Padreda and ~r . Herdosha and Sacasa.


4 I had this morning as~ed the Government to
5 produce . pursuant the Rule 16 . any confrontation clause of
6 the 6th Amendment . any any documents produced by Padreda.
7 subpoena or voluntarily concerning the Esperanza ProJect .
8 and this memo and the Government informs me this was the
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9 only memo ~r. Padreda gave to him . I want to put that on
10 the record.
11 ~R . CHAYKIN: That·s correct .
12 "R . HOGAN: I showed ~r . Padreda a COpy of his
13 indictment filed November 9th . 1982 . I neglected to mar~ it
14 far identification . That document I have this morning is
15 mar~ed for identification as Defendant · s exhibit number 4 .
16 THE COURT: All right . Any objection?
17 "R . CHAYKIN : No .
18 THE COURT : That is 40 in evidence?
19 ~R. HOGAN : No . For identification .
20 (JURY RETURNS TO COURTROO")
21 THE COURT : There Has a good deal of publicity
22 about this case in the Herold and otherwise . Everybody
23 obeyed the orders? Anybody read any of those articles .
24 listen to anything on television ; radio ?
25 Thank you very much . You may examine .

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1 CAMILO PADREDA , CROSS EXAMINATION , RESUMED


( 2 BY MR, HOGAN :
3 Q I want to Just gO over with YOU, if I can , a couple of
4 dates that YOU testified about on direct examination ,
5 Number one , do you recall testifying about going the first
6 time to Mayor Martinez ' house at 370 West 45th Street?
7 A Yes, sir ,
8 Q Can YOU tell us , sir , today , how many times YOU were at
9 that house in--how many times were YOU at the Mayor's house
10 at 370 West 45th Street?
11 A Three or four times ,
12 Q Were YOU on occasion there with Sergio Perei ra?
13 A I don ' t recall , but I think I was ,
14 Q You think YOU were , Did you recall what year it was?
15 A I don't recall exactly what year it was ,
16 Q Did YOU have an independent recollection , a pictu re that
17 YOU were at the Mayor's house--- By the way, mark it for
18 identification as 41 ,
19 THE CLERK : 41 marked for identification,
20 Q Let me show you Defendant ' s Exhibit 41 for
21 identification , which is the house at 370 West 45th Street ,
22 Is that the house you were talking about, the Mayor's house?
23 A Yes ,
24 Q Did YOU have a picture of being at that house with
25 Sergio Pereira and the mayor?

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1 MR . CHAYKIN : I think he answered . Objection .
( 2 THE COURT : Overruled . Go ahead . You are tal king
3 about the house in the picture?
4 Q The house in the picture , yes .
5 A I don · t visualize exactly.
6 Q When yOU said you think YOU might , I suppose YOU have
7 been with Mr. Pereira and Mr. Martinez on other occasions ?
8 A Yes .
9 Q Political functions, parties , that type of thing?
10 A Yes .
11 Q We know yOU have seen them together . Did yoU ever
12 recall being at--- Strike that .
13 Let me get the dote , the best you recall , sir , was
14 the date that you first went to the Mayor ' s house, the house
15 I showed yOU in the picture?
16 That dote , as I recall your testimony correctlY ,
17 was the dote right after you met with Your partners; your
18 partners agreed to pay and YOU went to tell the mayor . Do
19 YOU recall that?
20 A I recall that, but I didn·t Soy it was the first dote I
21 hod been to the Mayor ' S house .
22 Q I thought on direct YOU said it was the first dote YOU
23 hod been there?
24 A No , sir .
25 Q You hod been there before that time ?

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1 A Yes ,
( 2 Q HOH many occasions?
3 A Maybe tHO , No more than tHo times ,
4 Q The tHO times YOU Here there before that , Has that in
5 1982 , in the same year?
6 A I don't recall,
7 Q Can YOU tell us, with any degree of certainty, Hhen YOU
8 first Hent to the MaYor ' s house, the one I have Just shoHn
9 YOU in the picture?
10 A No , I don't recall Hhen it Has the first time I Has
11 there,
12 Q The first time YOU Hent to the Mayor ' s house, did he
13 have a pool in the bac~yard?

14 A I don ' t thin~ the first time I Hent to the Mayor ' s
15 house, I Hent to the back of his house , I Just sitting in
16 the dining room ,
17 Q Can YOU tell the JurY, Hith some degree of certainty,
18 the time YOU Hent to the Mayor ' s house , and told him that
19 your partners agreed to the payment? Do you remember
20 testifying to that?
21 What date Has that?
22 A I don ' t recall the date,
23 Q What month?
24 A September ,
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25 Q September?

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1 A September . before the bidding. the open bidding for that
( 2 project. Esperanzo .
3 Q Before the open bidding?
4 A Aha .
5 Q 150 thousand was agreed was in September. 1982. When
6 yoU say the open bidding . are you talking about when the
7 package Has picked UP . when the evaluation . when the bids
8 were opened?
9 What are YOU talking about?
10 A When the bid has the be presented .
11 Q That was Septembe r 30th . Can YOU tell us . as best YOU
12 can recoil. had you gone before September 30th YOU Here
13 there?
14 A Can be a week .
15 Q A week?
16 A Can be.
17 Q September 25th . 26th . 24th?
18 A 20th . 19th. 18th ,
19 Q Between the 18th and the 25th?
20 A Between the 18th and the 25th .
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21 Q 18th and the 25th .
22 After the meeting with your pa r tners . this meeting
23 at the "oyor's house Has at night . was it not?
24 A No . I think it was not the night.
25 Q You think it was or was not?

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Padreda - Cross -
1 A Was not .
( 2 Q Do you recall, sir, testifying under oath before a
3 Federal Grand Jury on October 23, 19901 Mr. Chaykin was
4 asking YOU questions . You had sworn to tell the truth. You
5 were there. Do YOU recall that?
6 A Yes . I recall that .
7 Q May I ask YOU if YOU recall these Questions and answers :
8 Page 24.
9 Was it your thinking that you and your partners
10 would they then have to cash a check at the bank or convert
11 it to cash?
12 ANSWER: We never discussed that issue. I went to
13 my partners . I told my partners that what the request was.
14 And we had a meeting. What happened with Mr . Sacasa and Mr.
15 Osorio was we hod a meeting, and we discussed that 150,000.
16 We never come with the conviction of whether or
17 not we were going to paYor the way we were going to pay.
18 QUESTION: What was your understanding from that
19 and the contents of your conversation with Raul Martinez?
20 What would have happened if yOU did not pay?
21 I don't think I would have got the proJect.
22 Skipping .
23 If you wanted the proJect, YOU have to pay; is
24 that your question?
25 QUESTION : Yes.

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1 ANSWER: Okay .
( 2 QUESTION : In order for you ta pay it , you would
3 have to include that somehow in your cast?
4 ANSWER: That ' s correct .
5 QUESTION: Did your partners agree to that
6 proposal?
7 ANSWER : My partners agreed to that proposal.
8 Q That was the meeting with your partners?
9 A That·s correct .
10 QUESTION : As a result , did there come a time when
11 YOU then had another meeting with Raul Martinez to advise
12 him about this?
13 ANSWER : The date we would have the meeting with
14 my partners, I went bock to Martinez' house that night,
15 first the night of the meeting, and I told him my partners
16 agreed ta do that .
17 You swore to that before---
18 A Yes.
19 Q Does that refresh your recollection that this meeting
20 what was at night?
21 A The meeting was at night. yes.
22 Q At this meeting, when you went to that house that I have
23 shown you in the picture , I believe yOU testi tied that I'Ir ,
24 Cardona was there . Is that correct ; or was he?
25 A Cardona was in the back of the house: that ' s correct ,

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1 Q Cardona?
( 2 A Has in the house , yes .
3 Q Hhere?
4 A He was in the rear of the house .
5 Q Rear of the house?
6 A Yes .
7 Q I think you told us "r . Cardona was doing remodeling in
8 the house?
9 A He was not doing it himself , but remodeling was dane or
10 was doing it at that time .
11 Q He was a supervisor : he was not pointing, himself?
12 A That ' s correct.
13 Q I think you also told us at that first meeting "r.
14 Cardona and the mayor showed yoU what they were doing,
15 extending the Florida Room or putting in additional things .
16 There were people working in the house . You can see the
17 tools, correct?
18 A That's correct.
19 Q September 30 , 1982, were the bids. You testified that
20 yOU were in Texas that day. Then when I showed you t he
21 document that your wife swore you testified to beforehand ,
22 yOU testified yOU might be he re . Your best recollection is
23 yOU don · t know where YOU were?
24 A "y recollection Is that I was in Texas . I signed the
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1 was prepared by Alfredo Osorl0 , and I slgn lt before I left .
( 2 Q Your wlfe swore to It?
3 A That ' s correct .
4 Q You are ln Texas when the blds were over?
5 A When the deal was open or when the deal was presented?
6 Q When the blds were opened, where were YOU when the blds
7 were opened?
8 A I don ' t recall when the blds was open. When the blds
9 was presented September 30th I was ln sesslon .
10 Q You actually dld not have very much to do wlth thls
11 proJect. You were worrled about Texas . Texas was the
12 proJect yOU were supervlslng yourself, were you not?
13 A That ' s correct.
14 Q Whether when yOU talked to your partners about the 150 ,
15 lt was to Osorl0. Sacosa was not there , the 3rd partner?
16 A No. I don't thlnk--I don ' t thlnk he was there.
17 Q The next tlme between September 18th , 25th, 1982 , and
18 the wlthdrowal of your proposal, you dld not , between those
19 dates , gO to the ~ayor ' s house, the wlthdrawal of the
20 proposal was December 13th. I thlnk I sold December , but
21 December 13th, 1982 . That has been establlshed that ' s the
22 dates of the meetlng?
23 A That's correct.
24 Q Between these dates you hod not been to the ~ayor's

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1 A I don ' t recall ,
,( 2 Q Had YOU talked to the mayor between September 18. 1985,
3 and YOU agreed YOU said and after this meeting?
4 A My recollection I talked to the mayor on the phone,
5 Q When?
6 A After I was indicted,
7 Q You were indicted--the indictment reads November 9th .
8 1982, So between November 9th and December 13th YOU think
9 YOU talked to the mayor?
10 A Yes ,
11 Q Did YOU call him?
12 A I don't recall if I called him or if he called me,
13 Q Where were you?
14 A I was in Miami, I was in Texas, I don't recall exactly
15 where I was,
16 Q You don't recall where you were?
17 A No,
18 Q You don't know who called who?
19 A No , I don ' t remember,
20 Q Do yoU have an independent recollection today of the
21 conversation?
22 A No . I have not ,
23 Q So the best you can tell us there was a phone
24 conversation in that period of time?
25 A I believe so,

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1 Q After the propo sal was withdrawn on December 13th, 1982,
( 2 YOU had told us and the Government has shown YOU you r
3 hospital records that YOU went to the hospital on December
4 15th, 1982 . You were operated r ight after that on the 16th,
5 were yoU not?
6 A 16th or 17th .
7 Q Showing YOU Government · s Exhibit 84 for identification ,
8 shows yOU a discharge , does it not , on the 20th?
9 A Correct.
10 Q The Government pointed out to you there was a place that
11 showed the dotes you Here admitted. You took these notes to
12 the Government, did YOU not?
13 A At their request .
14 Q The answer is , yes , at their request?
15 A At their request .
16 Q They did not get them from the hospital . You gave them
17 to them?
18 A They asked me to pick UP my records in the hospital .
19 Q This shows , sir , you were admitted December 15, 1982 ,
20 correct?
21 A Correct.
22 Q That is what I put UP there, hosPital , admitted .
23 Between the evening of December 13, after the
, 24 proposal was withdrawn, do yOU follow me?
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25 A Yes .

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1 a Between the evening of December 13th, when the proposal
( 2 was withdrawn , do YOU follow me , sir?
3 A Yes .
4 a Between the evening of December 13th when the proposal
5 was withdrawn , and the day YOU went to the hosPital,
6 December 15 , 1982, that would be the one date, the 14th?
7 A Correct .
8 a On December 14th , sir , YOU testified that you had a
9 meeting , did YOU not, with vour partners?
10 A Correct .
11 a That was 1n the doyt1me, was 1t not?
12 A Yes .
13 a That would be December 14, 1982 , meet1ng pa r tners. That
L 14 was, YOU told us , what came to be the memo, Defendant's
15 Exh1b1t 39 for ident1ficat1on, correct?
16 A Yes .
17 a You told us "r . Sacasa would have been the one who wrote
18 this memo?
19 A He always wr1te the memos.
20 a This is the onlv memo YOU provided to the Government, 1s
21 it not?
22 A That ' s correct .
23 a So we are talk1ng about the same th1ng?
24 A Yes .
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1 YOU went to here , after December 13th, and before that
( 2 meeting or after that meeting and before YOU went to the
3 hospital?
4 A As I said before, I no remember if it was December 13th
5 at night after I have a meeting with "r. Osorio at my house
6 or December 14, after having a meeting with my partners in
7 the office.
8 Q On either occasion , it was not at night?
9 A The 13th or 14th.
10 Q Either the 13th or 14th, it was at night?
11 A That ' s correct .
12 Q If it was the 13th, it was af ter the proposal was
13 withdrawn , was it not?
14 A Correct .
15 Q After Osorio came to your house?
16 A Yes , sir .
17 Q After he told YOU the proposal was withdrawn?
18 A That's correct.
19 Q If it was on the 14th , it would have been sometime 10 ,
20 10:30, eleven o' clock?
21 A I don ' t recall , but it have to be after eight .
22 Q After eight?
23 A A hum .
24 Q This is a day YOU were in extreme pain , were YOU not?
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1 Q The answer is yes?
2 A The answer is I have been in pain for two or months.
3 Q Were YOU in pain on December 13th is my question?
4 A The answer is, yes. I said I have been 1n pain for two
5 or three months .
6 Q You were still able to gO bock to Texas to ride on the
7 planes and gO into high altitude and do Your work, were YOU
8 not?
9 A That·s correct.
10 Q Were YOU under medication?
11 A Yes.
12 Q What were YOU taking?
13 A Something for the pain kill .
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19 Q Seven thirty to nine?
20 A Seven thirty to nine.
21 Q I think YOU said eight to 9 p.m. at night. December
22 14th can be 7:30. What was the latest do you think it was?
23 A I don·t have a recollection from---
24 Q Seven thirty.
25 A To nine.

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1 Q At this meeting on December 14th or 13th. whichever . at
(4 2 night . you also testified I believe this Mr . Cardona was
3 present?
4 A Mr . Cardona was there.
5 Q That is Antonio Cardona?
6 A Antonio Cardona.
7 Q You had known him at thot time for 10 years?
8 A Yes. about 10 years.
9 Q You actually had done business with Vincente Leal when
10 they were partners in Miami concrete?
11 A That ' s correct .
12 Q Mr . Cardona was there. and where did the meeting between
13 yOU and I believe yoU said somebody else was there too?
14 A Yes,
15 Q Was that Mr. Gonzalez?
16 A I don't recall who it was,
17 Q Let me show yoU Government ' s exhibit number 79 . a
18 picture . Can yOU tell us. sir . who yoU recognized. if
19 anyone . in that picture?
20 A Antonio Cardona .
21 Q That ' s the man on the left . the bold headed man .
22 correct?
23 A Correct, I don ' t recall him . I think this was a lady
24 who worked at the housing authority .
25 Q Pat Casteel?

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1 A I don't recall the nome,
2 Q Lindo Loddo?
3 A I don't recall the name . And this is the director of
4 the housing authority .
5 Q The man who is seated?
6 A Yes.
7 Q This man?
8 A Right .
9 Q Joe Morganti .
10 A I know him .
11 Q And Cardona?
12 A Cardona.

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19 Q Cardona was present and another man?
20 A Correct.
21 Q They showed YOU , again, the remodeling they had done?
22 A No .
23 Q There was no showing yoU around at that time?
24 A No , sir .
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1 A Living room .
( 2 a That was the time YOU were bleeding?
3 A Yes , sir .
4 Q Do YOU recall saYing, "r have to gO to the hospital
5 right away "?
6 A Correct .
7 Q You were seated on the sofa?
8 A Correct .
9 Q Was Angela ~artinez there?
10 A -' Yes.
11 a Do YOU recall when yoU bled on the sofa , she said ,
12 "don · t worry about it; I will clean it up "?
13 A That ·s correct.
14 a Do yoU recall yoU were token out to the car by ~r.

15 ~artinez and put in the car ; ~ayor ~artinez helped YOU out
16 to the car?
17 A I can walk myself.
18 a I understand that.
19 A I don · t understand your Question . I have to be helped .
20 To help me?
21 Q Did he gO out with YOU to the car?
22 A ~aybe so .
23 a Was ~rs. ~artinez present when YOU were talking to the
24 mayor, or did she come in after YOU unfortunately had your
25 accident, with the sofa?

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A I think she was preparing coffee .
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2 Q At that meeting , if I understand , YOU said that somebody
3 told yOU, why did yOU withdraw your proposal ; it was best
4 and you should have gone through with it?
5 A Will yoU repeat that question . I don't understand . I
6 am sorry,
7 Q It is my understanding you went there; you said, "I had
8 to withdraw the proposal "?
9 A That ' s correct .
10 Q In answer to that , YOU received an answer from one of
11 the people that were there , either ~r , Cardona , the other
12 person you said was from the housing authority or the mayor ,
13 Who said what?
14 A The proposal was the best proposal , And that I have the
15 vote to get awarded the proposal.
16
17
Q

A
To win?
To win ,
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18 Q And yOU should not have withdrawn?
19 A That ' s correct .
20 Q Do YOU recall whether it was the unidentified person in
21 the housing authority that was there or whether it was Mr .
22 Cardona or whether it wos the mayor who said those words?
23 A I think it was the mayor ,
24 Q Were the other two present when he said that?
25 A Yes .

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1 Q Was the money discussed?
( 2 A Never.
3 Q Then the money HQS not discussed between September 18,
4 25th? It Has never discussed again, Has it?
5 A That's correct. Never.
6 Q Let me ask you if you recall these questions and these
7 anSHers : Page 26. Do you recall during the course of this
8 time whether or not you met an individual by the name of
9 Antonio Cardona?
10 Your anSHer: Yes. I Has in his house .
11 QUESTION : ~r. Cordona yOU knew from various
12 business experiences prior to that?
13 ANSWER: 10 years before.
14 QUESTION: Do YOU recoIl seeing Mr . Cordona
15 present at Raul Martinez house at the time you Hent over
16 there to accept the bid?
17 Q Accept the bid. I assume you Here talking about accept
18 the 150 thousand?
19 A I SOH Mr . Cardona tHice in the house .
20 QUESTION: That is correct. Yes , sir. What did
21 yOU understand Mr. Cardona to be dOing there? Do yOU knoH
22 Hhat he Has doing?
23 ANSWER: Yeah, yeah . He Has remodeling Mr .
24 Martinez house.
25 QUESTION : Do you knoH that from talking to Raul

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1 Martinez?
( 2 ANSWER : I SOH the Hork done and I SOH Cardona
3 there durlng the work .
4 Q When YOU SOH Cardona there dolng the Hork , that Has on
5 September 18 through 25 , 1982, Has lt not?
6 A Yes.
7 Q There were no people there he was supervlslng?
8 A That ·s correct .
5
9 Q You dld not actually see hlm dolng the work he told yOU
10 he was supervlslng?
11 A That · s what he told me .
12 Q Do YOU recall testlfYlng, slr , that before thls Federal
13 Grand Jury, under oath , that your meetlngs with Raul
14 Martinez all occurred ln August , September , October and
15 November?
16 A Yes, slr .
17 Q Was that a mlstake?
18 A The meetlng referring to Esperanza?
19 Q Yes.
20 A Occurred before September, ln Sectember and December .
21 Q Page eleven and 12 .
22 QUESTION: The meetlngs we are talking about wlth
23 Raul Martinez wlth respect to the Esperanza Project all
24 occurred ln August , September , October , November of that
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25 year . Is that correct?

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1 Answer by you; That is correct .
( 2 Q Was that Just a mistake? You forgot December?
3 A That I forgot December , yes . That was a mistake.
4 Q What involvement, lf any. between September 30th, when
5 the blds went ln, and December 13th, when the proposal was
6 wlthdrawn, dld yOU have with the Esperanza ProJect?
7 A Will yOU repeat the Question, for clarification.
8 Q You are bock and forth to Texas?
9 A Correct .
10 Q You are worklng ln Texas wlth a large project?
11 A Correct .
12 Q You are in pain?
13 A Yes . sir .
14 Q You are taklng paln pills . All I am asking yOU , sir,
15 is: Can you tell me. ls it not true, between November 30
16 and December 13th, in-between that, YOU were lndicted
17 between those dates you were virtually not involved with
18 this project?
19 A That · s correct .
20 Q "organti or Cardona never brought the proposal to you to
21 be changed, did they?
22 A To myself?
23 Q To you?
24 A No.
25 Q You never said, "toke it to Osorlo? "

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1 A No ,
( 2 Q That did not happen?
3 A No,
4 Q You had nothing to do, ~hatsoever , Hith Morganti or
5 Cardona as far as the changing of the plans?
6 A No , sir , I Has informed--I ~as called to Texas , that
7 the package have come back to my office , in order to change
8 a pitch of the roof ,
9 Q That Has by Mr , Osorio Hho called you?
10 A That ' s correct,
11 Q Other than that YOU Here not involved?
12 A No , sir ,
13 Q Other than this Federal Grand Jury that you testified
14 under oath , the other meetings you had Here either these
15 prosecutor ' s or the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other
16 federal prosecutor's , Peter Outerbridge or other federal
17 prosecutor ' s, you told us consumed about 20 hours?
18 A In the Esperanza Project?
19 Q No , All your testimony?
20 A More than that,
21 Q Thirty hours? Can He say Esperanza Has about 20 hours?
22 A Maybe 12 ,
23 Q 12 hours?

, 24 A Maybe thi r ty , I cannot anSHer that question ,


• 25 Q I understand , Time flies Hhen yOU are there , and I

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1 understand, but is 12 or 13 a reasonable time?
( 2 A Can be .
3 Q During those times they were asking YOU questions and
4 you were giving them answers?
S A That·s correct.
6 Q Showing yOU documents?
7 A That·s correct.
8 Q You were going over your best recollection at that time
9 of what hod occurred. concerning Esperanza?
10 A Yes, sir.
11 Q That was not where YOU sot down Just one day, it was a
12 number of days for a number of hours each day, was it not?
13 A That·s correct.
14 Q Do yOU recall who you met with? Did yOU meet with Mr .
lS Chaykin?
16 A No at that meeting. I don·t think he was in the
17 meeting.
18 Q Did you Mr. Udolf?
19 A I think he was at one of the meetings or two. I don·t
20 recall .
21 Q Did you meet with this FBI agent here?
22 A Yes.
23 Q Was he by himself, or was he with somebody else?
24 A It was between five and seven.
• 2S Q People?

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1 A People.

\ 2 Q They were all aS king YOU questions?
3 A Yes.
4 Q And would yoU answer?
5 A Yes.
6 Q Before testifying last week. did you have an opportunity
7 sometime Just before testifying. if not the day . within a
8 couple of days . to sit down with Mr. Chaykin and gO over
9 your testimony?
10 A I believe I went to sit down with Mr. Chay kin about a
11 week and a half ago . maybe more than . I don · t recall . No .
12 Two days ago .
13 Q A week and a half?
14 A Maybe .
15 Q The night before you testified. did yOU talk to them?
16 A No . I wos sitting in the office waiting.
17 Q To testify?
18 A To Testify . And at 0 Quarter to five they tell me I can
19 gO home.
20 Q The last meeting before yOU testified . was that with Mr.
21 Chayk1n?
22 A That was with Mr . Chaykin .
23 Q He was alone or was Mr . Udolf with him. or the FBI?
24 A I think the 3 of them was there .
25 Q They were going over your testimony?

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1 A That ' s correct .
2 Q You have not, have YOU, met ~ith anybody from the
3 defense? You have not met ~ith me, Mrs. Greer?
4 A No.

S Q Let me sho~ yOU a picture, ~e hod talked about Porto Del


6 Sol .
7 THE CLERK : Defendant ' s Exhibit 42 marked for
8 identification.
9 Q Porto Del Sol is a project you built in Hialeah; is it
10 not?
11 A That's correct .
12 Q Showing yOU Defendant·s Exhibit number 42, does that
13 look like the front of the building, Porta Del Sol? Is that
14 the same building we are talking about?
6
lS A Yes .
16
17
Q
~as
43 , 44 and 45?
completed , did yOU nat?
You built that building after Esperanza I
18 A Yes, sir .
19 Q Was that sometime in . 85, . 86, . 87?
20 A Bet~een '86 and ' 87.
21 Q That building was through I think yOU said the
22 Volunteers of America?
23 A That ' s correct .
24 Q It ~as turned over to them. The City of Hialeah had
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1 A No. To the best ever my knowledge, no, sir .
( 2 Q Let me show YOU these pictures . Are these different
3 pictures of Porto Del Sol?
4 A Yes .
5 Q Referring to 43 , 44 and 45 . When Porta Del Sol was
6 going to be opened there was on opening ceremony , was there
7 not?
8 A Yes .
9 Q You had invited Senator Paulo Hawkins to that opening?
10 A That·s correct .
11 Q You hod raised funds for Senator Hawkins, had yOU not?
12 A Yes .
13 Q That was one of the people you raised money for her
14 campaign?
15 A That's correct.
16 Q Was the mayor there?
17 A Yes .
18 Q Had you requested, as a favor for him , to come even
19 though he was a registered Democrat and Hawkins was a
20 Republican?
21 A Yes .
22 Q You mentioned on direct examination and organization
23 called the Latin Builders Association?

, 24 A If I mention?
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1 about being one of the early formers of the Latin Building
{ 2 Association?
3 A That ' s correct ,
4 Q That was way back , was it not , in the early 1970 ' s?
5 A Sir ,
6 Q That was back in the early 1970 ' s, was it not?
7 A That ' s correct.
8 Q In the early 1970's , when yOU formed that organization ,
9 and I don ' t mean yOU did it alone , but it was formed for a
10 specific purpose, was it not?
11 A Yes , sir .
12 Q The purpose being that there were a number of , 1970 ,
13 ' 71 , '72, a number of small Latin contractors and workers?
14 A Subcontractors .
15 Q Subcontractors who were not getting a piece of the pie ,
16 were they?
17 A That was not the question . The reason they were--we
18 would call it harassment, because they don't have a person
19 or the qualified person on the Job ,
20 Q They were being harassed?
21 A Yes.
22 Q By building inspectors . City of ~iami could not get
23 permits; that type of thing?
24 A By inspectors ,
• 25 Q You knew , did you not, as well as the other members of

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1 that organization that there is power in numbers?
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... 2 A Will YOU repeat again that Question.
3 Q You got everybOdy together , and when I say YOU, I mean
4 the organization got together to lobby and have some
5 political clout, did YOU not?
6 A We meet in our office about six people, five , six
7 people .
8 Q To start?
9 A To start .
10 Q It grew to how big?

11 A Over a thousand members.


12 Q When I say clout, do YOU understand what I am talking
13 about?
14 A Yes.
15 Q Politically. Politically that became a strong
16 organization, did it not?
17 A Yes, sir .
18 Q Politics is runnino for State Senatorial , municipal, and
19 other elections wanted your support?
20 A That ' s correct .
21 Q At one time you were preSident , were you not , of that
22 organization?
23 A That · s correct .
24 Q That was in 19---
r•
25 A ' 77 .

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1 Q 1976 and 1977. How large was that organization at that
2 time?
3 A No more than 120 .
4 Q Even at that time YOU continued to gO to those meetings,
5 attend those meetings ond to be a supporting member , did you
6 not?
7 A Yes.
8 Q UP until Just recently or maybe still today?
9 A I am a member.

10 Q Politicians or people who were seeking public office


11 would come to those meetings , those parties, get togethers
12 and make speechs and talk to everybody and say what they
13 would do far the Latin builders, would they not?
14 A Yes.
15 Q You actually endorsed people running for public office ,
16 would you not?
17 A Yes .
18 Q And buy flip adds and say the Latin Builders Association
19 supports John Jones for the Senate or whatever?
20 A That's correct .
21 Q At the time yOU had the ~iami Concrete Company , Raul
22 ~artinez was running and started El Sol De Hialeah; do yOU
23 recall that?
24 A I don't recall that.
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1 article in his newspaper on ~iami Concrete?
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\ 2 A No, sir . I don't recall .
3 ~R . HOGAN : ~ark it for identification .
4 THE CLERK: Defendant ' s Exhibit 46 marked for
5 identification.
6 Q I show YOU Defendant's Exhibit for identification
7 newspaper El Sol De Hialeah, Hialeah , Florida , April 13th ,
8 1972 . See if YOU recall , after looking at that article,
9 that newspaper was in Spanish, was it not?
10 A Yes.
11 Q Did YOU ever see that article on YOU and your company.
12 A I believe this type of ad was almost every newspaper in
13 the Spanish, the same type of support for Tony Garcia and
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14 more or less the same type.
15
16
17
18
19
20
21

22 about that YOU had some business relation in selling


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23 concrete to ~r. Cardona and ~r . Leal?
24 A That ' s co r rect .
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1 Association , do YOU ~now?
( 2 A I don ' t recall ,
3 Q How about Vincente Leal?
4 A I don't recall,
5 Q When ~r , Osorio come to see YOU after December 13th,
6 1982 , the meeting , did he tell YOU, in addition to having to
7 withdraw , that they hod discovered that you hod forgotten to
8 put in your plans a sewer that would have to travel from
9 Esperanza six or seven bloc~s that would cost four to
10 500,000 that was left out of the plans?
11 A No, I don't recall that ,
12 Q You never recall hearing that?
13 A No ,
14 Q Did YOU discuss that at the December 14 meeting , the one
15 YOU mode the memo of?
16 A No ,
17 Q When YOU went to the ~ayor's house one of these two
18 nights , do YOU recall, when YOU arrived , was ~r , Cardona
19 already present?
20 A I believe he was ,
21 Q He did not come in after you were there , He was there
22 when you got there?
23 A That's correct ,

, 24 Q Did you ~now ~r , Cardona ' s portner , ~r , Alphonso Romas?


• 25 A Alphonso?

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1 Q I may have it wrong. Alphonso Ramos ?
( 2 A No, sir .
3 Q Do YOU recall, sir , sometime before YOU were indicted or
4 sometime before December 13th, 1982 , "r . Cardona coming to
5 your office ; seeing YOU , giving yOU the blueprints and the
6 proposal; you, directly? Do you recall that?
7 A No .
8 Q Never have?
9 A Not to me. Never was given to me .
10 Q Do you recall them coming and saying here they are and
11 you saying give those to Osorio?
12 A I don't recall that .
13 Q Did it happen?
14 A I don ' t think so.
15 Q Since yOU have been here , do you know what the boards
16 were? Do you know what I am talking about ; what boards? Do
17 yOU know what I am speaking of?
18 A Yes, sir .
19 Q Showing you Government ' s exhibit 127 , purporting to be
20 on artists rendering of Esperanza , did YOU ever see thct,
21 sir , before December 13 of 1982?
22 A I think it is the first time I see it .
23 Q Today?
24 A Today .
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1 A I don't know , sir,
( 2 Q Do YOU know that YOU had any boards such as this?
3 A No , sir ,
4 Q Show YOU Government's exhibit number 128 in evidence,
5 purporting to be a site plan, did YOU ever see , in your
6 proposal , any board such as that?
7 A No , sir ,
8 Q Did YOU ever see any boards such as that or blueprints
9 such as that for any other proposal?
10 A I don ' t recall ,
11 Q Showing YOU Government's Exhibit number 125, conceptual
12 landscaping site plan, did yoU ever see such a board as
13 that?
14 A No , sir ,
15 Q Since YOU have talked to the Government , have they ever
16 shown YOU any boards from your proposal that was submitted
17 on September 30 , 1982, and acted uPon December 13th, 1982;
18 any boards such as this?
19 A No , they have not ,
20 Q Do you know where those boards would be today if they
21 were 1n existence?
22 A No , I hOve no ideo,
23 Q Did you move out of Sacasa's and Osorio ' s office or did
24 they move out of your office sometime after December 13th,
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1 A I personally moved out .
( 2 Q You were all--as of this time period yOU, Sacasa,
3 Osirio , Cardoso and Padreda between this time were all in
4 the some office were yOU not?
5 A That ' s correct.
6 Q I don ' t mean YOU were all in the some office, but you
7 all hod offices in the some suite?
8 A That ' s correct .
9 Q How soon after this did YOU move out after December 137
10 A I don ' t have any ideo when by but it was after I get out
11 of the hospital.
12 Q It was sometime early in 1983?
13 A 19
14 Q ' 837
15 A That ' s correct .
16 Q Did yau take your documents and your files , and your
17 proposals with you?
18 A No , I don ' t have too take anything.
19 Q You did not toke anything?
20 A No , sir ,
21 Q Where did YOU get that memo.
22 A It was one 1n the file when we get the Joint venture .
23 Q Joint venture?
24 A Joint venture .
t 25 Q Which Joint venture?

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1 A All the JOint ventures we have Mr . Sacasa ' s group.
( 2 Q That was in one of the files?
3 A That was one inside file .
4 Q That was the only document pertaining to Esperanza .
5 A I don·t took any file or any document or any plans in
6 reference to the Esperanza Project or any other project .
7 Q I understand, but in December of 1990 you gave this
8 document to the Government . Is that correct?
9 A Yes.
10 Q Where did you get this in December of 1990?
11 A In the file, which was a file called business with
12 Sacasa ' s group .
13 Q In your office?
14 A In my office.
15 Q That was the only document that was ever in there?
16 A To The best of my recollection that was the only
17 document I have there.
18 Q Who selected the architect, David Perez, for the
19 Esperanza ProJect?
20 A Myself .
21 Q He was a famous, well qualified, knowledgeable
22 professional architect?
23 A That · s correct.
24 Q Had done Hork for 0 number of developers , including Mr.
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25 Emmer?

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1 A Yes.
( 2 Q And you?
3 A That ' s correct.
4 Q Had somewhat of a distinctive style?
5 A Sir.
6 Q Did he have somewhat of a distinctive style, or was he
7 Just a competent architect?
8 A He was a good architect .
9 Q Did yoU, sir, convince him. David Perez, to change any
10 plans?
11 A Not to the best of my knowledge .
12 Q Did yOU talk to him about such a thing?
13 A To Change a plan?
14 Q To change the roof.
15 A I think that was "r. Osorio.
16 Q The answer is yOU did not?
17 A I don·t remember talking to him. to ask him to change
18 the roof .
19 Q Do YOU think. sir. if yOU asked him to change the rOOf.
20 after September 30. 1982. and before December 13th. 1982?
21 A I don't recall telling him to change anything .
22 Q What I asked you. sir. do yoU think that would be a
23 significant event . that you would recall?
24 A I don't believe that change was so significant . big
25 problem or anything.

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1 Q Not so significant?
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I. 2 A No .
3 Q Between September 30, 1982 and December 30, 1982,
4 showing YOU Government·s exhibit number 106 , which is in
5 evidence , which is the Padreda proposal to the Hialeah
6 Housing Authority.
7 A Yes .
8 Q You recognize that document, do yoU not?
9 A Yes .
10 Q Did yOU, sir, during that period of time open UP this
11 binding, taKe it out, insert different pages ; speaKing of
12 yOU , did you, yourself?
13 A I have not done that .
14 Q The answer then is no , is it not?
15 A That ' s correct .
16 Q You did not do it with anyone else present. You were
17 not there . If it was done yOU were not a participant ,
18 correct?
19 A No , sir.
20 Q It is correct that yOU were not a participant?
21 A That ' s correct .
22 Q Did you ever give Osorio another proposal from another
23 competitor in the Esperonza ProJect?
24 A If I give to Osorio .
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1 A No , sir .
( 2 Q On December 13th , 1982 , were YOU and Mr . Osorio together
3 immediately preceding in the hours before Mr . Osorio went to
4 the meeting to present your proposal?
5 A Will you repeat that , if yOU don·t mind .
6 Q December 13th, 1982, that is the day of the meeting?
7 A Correct .
8 Q The meeting started at 4:00, five o'clock in the
9 afternoon according to the documents . Prior to that time ,
10 prior to 4:30 , five o'clock December 13 , we re you in the
11 office with Mr . Osorio?
12 A I have no recollection . I can be in the office.
13 Q You have no independent recollection?
14 A No , sir .
15 Q The only thing yOU recall relating to Osorio on that
16 date was that he come to your house after the meeting?
17 A I would soy , no , after the meeting . I would soy after
18 he withdraw from the b1d ,
19 Q After he withdraw?
20 A Which is way before the meeting , or before the meeting .
21 Q Before the meeting. He withdraw before the meeting?
22 A Before they award or b~fore they both .
23 Q What time was it , do you have any ideo?
24 A I have no ideo .
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25 Q Hod he called yoU prior to coming over?

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1 A No, He come directly to my house.
( 2 Q You were at home ,
3 A I was at home,
4 Q Prior to this time. had you talked to the mayor . prior
S to Osorio com1ng over?
6 A No,
7 Q Did you talk to anyone concern1ng--- That was the first
8 time you learned of the withdrawal . was 1t not?
9 A At my house,
10 Q When Osorio told you?
11 A That · s correct ,
12 Q Had David Perez done other HUD ProJects with you? He
13 was familiar with HUD . was he not?
14 A Yes ,
15 Q He had done other projects for you and he was familiar?
16 I asked two questions ,
17 A Both Questions. yes,
18 Q It is not unusual for a person such as yourself . who is
19 a fund raiser for politicians to ask favors for those
20 politicians . is it?
21 A No ,
22 Q You have a daughter who you requested Sergio Pereira to
23 employ. and she actually scored highest on the test . did she
24 not?
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1 Q You as~ed him if he can find a Job for her?

I. 2 A That's correct .
3 Q You signed your plea agreement on September 26. 1990.
4 We went through that Yesterday extensively. Do YOU recall
5 the date or do YOU wish me to show it to YOU again?
6 A I don·t recall the date. no.
7 "R. HOGAN: I thin~ we moved it in as a
8 Government ' s Exhibit. did we not?
9 Q Let me show YOU Government·s exhibit number 8. United
10 States of America versus Camilo Padreda; case number
11 90-739-Cr- Judge King .
12 Then I am going to show you. sir--- Your attorney
13 at the time was Sam Robin. was he not?
14 A Yes .
15 a Attached to this is a Signature that is dated. your
16 dote . December 26. 1990. Do YOU see that?
17 A That · s correct ,
18 a The dote YOU signed the plea agreement was December 26.
19 1990.
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20 That was pursuant to an information, was it not?
21 There was not a Grand Jury indictment . You waived
22 "R. CHAYKIN: I thin~ this is repetitious.

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23 "R. HOGAN : I did not gO into the information.
24 THE COURT: Overruled.
25 Q There was no Grand Jury indictment pursuant to the

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1 information. You Haived indictment . They filed an
2 information?
3 A That·s correct.
4 Q That Has filed over the signature . Has it not , of
5 ~arcella Cohen , Acting United States Attorney?
6 A Yes.
7 Q Just prior to signing this plea agreement , yoU had a
8 corporation, did YOU not, called Cipi Corporation?
9 A Yes .
10 Q What type of corporation Has Cipi Corpo ration? Was that
11 a contract builder?
12 A Yes .
13 Q You Here the one hundred percent OHner of that?
14 A Yes .
15 Q On September 24th , tHO days before you filed bankruptcy
16 in that corporation , did YOU not?
17 A That · s correct .
18 Q At the time , sir , YOU filed bankruptcy tHo days before
19 the pleo agreement , YOU filed only as to that corporation ,
20 did yoU not? You did not file personal bankruptcy?
21 A That·s correct .
22 Q ShortlY after your plea agreement you filed a statement
23 of creditors, did yOU not?
24 A That ' s correct .
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25 And at the time of the bonkruptcy yOU oHed one million
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1 four hundred fourteen thousand to subcontractors , did YOU
( 2 not?
3 A That's correct ,
4 Q At the same time YOU filed bankruptcy in that
5 corporation, sir , August 1, 1990, YOU filed a financial
6 statement where your personal net worth was, along with your
7 wife, was $217,000; was that correct?
8 A Yes , sir ,
9 Q Shortly after your plea, sir, YOU and your wife bought a
10 $535,000 building, did YOU not?
11 A That's correct ,
12 Q That building was bought under the name J and P
13 Advisors, was it not?
14 A That's correct,
15 Q That was a building that was to be used as a clinic, was
16 it not?
17 A That's correct ,
18 Q A clinic dealing with "edicare and Medicaid patients?
19 A That's correct ,
20 Q Receiving payments from the federal government?
21 A For any institution that he had ,
22 Q What I am saying is your patients are covered by either
23 the Federal Medicare or State Medicaid ,
24 A And also private and also insurance,
25 Q Those federal funds are paid directly to YOU, are they

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1 not?
( 2 A To The old med1cal serv1ce.
~ Q Wh1ch 1s a corporat10n. Who owns 1t?
4 A My w!fe.
5 o The bu1ld1ng 1s owned by J and P Adv1sors, 1s 1t not?
6 A That's correct.
7 0 You test1f1ed Yesterday that YOU were pres1dent of that
8 corporat1on?
9 A I don't th1nk I test1f1ed I was pres1dent of the
10 corporat10n.
11 Q Were you the pres1dent of the corporat10n?
12 A No, s1r, I am not.
13 o Do YOU have any ownersh1p 1nterest 1n the corporat1on?
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14 A No, I have not .
15 o Do YOU draw any funds? Are YOU an off1cer of that
16 corporat10n?
17 A No, I am not.
18 Q Yet?
19 A Not yet .
20 Q Do YOU work there?
21 A I work there.
22 Q That corporat10n 1s owned 100 percent by your w1fe?
2~ A That·s correct.
24 o Your w1fe had no 1nterest 1n C1p1 Corporat10n?
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25 A No.

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1 Q None at all?
2 A No .
3 Q I think YOU told us YOU hod raised or hod raised , to the
4 best of YOur recollection , funds for the ~ayor of Hialeah?
5 A That ' s correct.
6 Q For his political campaign?
7 A That ' s correct .
8 Q I think YOU told us that amounted to three thousand
9 dollars?
10 A Four thousand .
11 Q Was that over a period of years or each compaign?
12 A I would say in two or three campaigns .
13 Q You had asked -- YOU gave one thousand dollars yourself ,
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14 did you?
15 A I don · t recall exactly hOH much I did .
16 Q It is not unusual for YOU to give one thousand dollars
17 to politicians?
18 A No.
19 Q You have raised funds for ~onolo Roboso?
20 A Yes .
21 Q ~aurice Ferre?
22 A Yes .
23 Q Demetrio Pe rez?
24 A No , sir .
25 Q Joe Corrola?

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1 A Yes .
t 2 Q Rosario Kennedy?
3 A Yes .
4 Q David Kennedy?
5 A Yes.
6 Q Steve Clark?
7 A Yes .
8 Q Clara OsterlY?
9 A Yes.
10 Q Jorge Valdez?
11 A Yes.
12 Q Sergio Pereira?
13 A I don · t recall. To give it tund raising to Sergio
14 Pereira.
15 Q Paula Hawkins?
16 A Yes, sir .
17 Q Gerald Lewis?
18 A Yes , sir.
19 Q Bill Gunther?
20 A Yes, sir.
21 Q Number ot Judges; State Court Judges?
22 A Yes , sir.
23 Q And others too numerous to mention?
24 A Yes .
25 Q Have yOU raised tunds for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen?

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1 "R . CHAYKIN : Objection.
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\ 2 THE COURT : Overruled .
3 "R . CHAYKIN: Can we approach?
4 THE COURT: Answer the Question . Yes or no .
5 A Repeat the Question .
6 Q While YOU were under investigation , did YOU give a
7 thousand dollars to Ileana Ros-Leht1nen?
8 A Dur1ng the time I was in invest1gat10n I gave one
9 thousand to Ileana Ros .
10 Q Ileana Ros?
11 A Yes, sir . But not under my knowledge. It was under
12 1nvestigation.
13 Q You did not know?
14 A I had no 1dea at that time .
15 Q That donation was made August 3rd, 19897
16 THE COURT : That is it . Objection sustained.
17 "R . HOGAN : I would like to approach .
18 THE COURT: You may .
19 (SIDEBAR)
20 "R. HOGAN : He made a donat i on to Ileana
21 Ros-Lehtinen for Congress on August 3rd, 1989 for a thousand
22 dollars . He made a statement since that time that if they

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23 took the money , he did not think he would get indicted .
10
24 In addition to that, when he was indicted Dexter
25 Lehtinen , because of th1s donat10n, recused himself.

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1 Marcella Cohen took over the investigation . He obtained her
( 2 resume and sent it to Washington , in order to have her favor
3 for the United States AttorneYs policy.
4 I only bring UP the second part because that is
5 what has been gOing on . I see no need to do it before the
6 Jury , unless the Court allows it . He was under
7 investigation . He gave his money and he testified all the
8 time he asked for favors to people he donates to .
9 THE COURT: I will not permit YOU to gO any
10 further . Objection sustained.
11 Anything else YOU want to proffer for the record?
12 MR. HOGAN : I proffer that he gave it to her while
13 he was under investigation. I proffer Dexter Lehtinen
14 recused himself. I proffer Marcella Cohen Has named acting
15 United States AttorneY for the prosecution of Mr . Padreda .
16 I proffer I Hill be able to prove he obtained
17 Marcella Cohen ' s resume ; sent it to his friend in
18 Washington , the committee to oppose her for the Attorney
19 Generals Job , in order for him to use his political
20 connections to keep from getting indicted .
21 THE COURT : You object to the proffer?
22 MR . CHAYKIN: Absolutely .
23 THE COURT : Objection is sustained .
24 (SIDEBAR CONFERENCE CONCLUDED)
( 25 MR. HOGAN : That ' s all I have ,

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1 THE COURT : Redirect .
( 2 REDIRECT EXAMINATION
3 BY MR . CHAYKIN :
4 Q "r . Padreda, how long has your wlfe been a business
5 woman?
6 A Slnce 1978 .
7 Q What klnd of buslnesses does she have?
8 A She own all F10rlda Carpet .
9 Q She has had her own buslness slnce then?
10 A Slr .
11 Q Slnce 1978?
12 A 1978, 1979 .

c_ 13 Q Durlng that perlod of tlme, did she have on oppo rtunlty


14 to accumulate her own financial resources?
15 A She had .
16 Q Mr. Hogan asked yOU about your Grand Jury testlmonY .
17 Wlth reference to my Questlon to yOU on page eleven and 12 ,
18 ln the beginning of the testimony, that the meetings-- my
19 Questlon was the meetlngs we are ta1klng about Raul Martlnez
20 wlth respect to the Esperanza Pro j ect all occurred ln
21 August, September , October , November of that Year ; was that
22 correct and YOU said that ls correct . That was my Question
23 to you?
24 A That ' s correct .
t. 25 Q Dld YOU need to talk about the meeting of December 13th

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1 and the rest of the Grand Jury testimony?
( 2 A No , I don't remember .
3 Q Do you recall talking about the December 13th meeting of
4 withdrawal .
5 A I remember saying that we withdraw from the bids .
6 Q Do yOU recall, during that Grand Jury testimony, talking
7 about when the withdrawal occurred in relationship to Your
8 hospitalization?
9 A Two days before my hospitalization .
10 Q You knew at that time, did YOU not, withdrawn.
11 Did yoU know at the time of the Grand Jury when
12 your hospitalization was?
13 A It was on the 14th, 15th, but I was not sure . I was
14 sure it was December because I was planning to have the
15 operation in December , to take a time off during the
16 Christmas time.
17 Q That was all discussed in front of the Grand Jury, was
18 it not?
19 A That ' s correct.
20 Q Have YOU ever been shown your Grand Jury testimony?
21 A Sir .
22 Q Have yoU ever been shown Your Grand Jury testimony?
23 No , sir.

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A

24 Q You never read it before?


25 A No , I have not .

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1 Q Was Mr. Udolf or I involved in your prosecution at all?
( 2 A No .
3 Q To your knowledge, were we involved in any aspect of
4 your investigation?
5 A Outerbridge and another, Rice or something like that;
6 Andy Reich .
7 Q Other than going over your plea agreement with YOU in
8 preparation for testifying here today, was either Mr. Udolf
9 or myself involved in the negotiations in this plea
10 agreement?
11 A No, sir.
12 MR. HOGAN: Objection. He can·t testify to that.
13 Q To your knowledge.
14 THE COURT: Sustained.
15 Q Did Mr. Udolf and I ever negotiate we were ever involved
16 with you or your attorneys in negotiation for this plea
17 agreement?
18 A No.
19 MR. HOGAN: Objection. Move to strike.
20 THE COURT: Grounds.
21 MR. HOGAN: He can·t say what his attorney has
22 done .
23 THE COURT: I think his Question was whether these
24 two dealt directly.
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25 MR . HOGAN: He said you or your own attorney . I

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1 ask the question be read back ,
( 2 THE COURT: Objection sustained ,
3 Q Were YOU present with your attorney during the
4 negotiations on the plea agreement?
5 A I was present with my attorney .
6 Q On all occasions?
7 A Not all occasions .
8 Q On those occasions that yoU were present with your
9 attorney negotiating your plea agreement. I am not talking
10 about anything else . Just negotiations of the plea
11 agreement. were either Mr . Udolf or I present during those
12 negotiations?
13 A No . sir .
14 Q Were either Mr . Udolf or I present at all at your
15 interviews with the agents?
16 A No . sir .
17 Q Had yOU been interviewed . and I think it is called
18 debriefed. had you ever heard that term before? Have you
19 ever been interviewed on topics other than the Esperanza
20 ProJect?
21 A Yes . sir .
22 Q How do you know? I think YOU said YOU knew Antonio
23 Cardona 10 yeors before the Esperanza ProJect?
24 A Yes .
25 Q How did yoU know him or in what capacity?

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1 A I know Mr. Cardona because he was a client of my
( 2 company . Miami Concrete .
3 Q How would yOU describe your relationship with him?
4 A Not a personal .
5 Q How would yOU compare it with your relationship to Raul
6 Martinez.
7 A I know Cardona Just by the nome because he HaS a client .
11
8 the name come to my attention many times because he was not
9 paid the bills in time, and we have some problem with him .
10 Q He was not a good customer?
11 A That·s correct .
12 Q That was during the period of time the Esperanza Project
13 was pending. Did you have an opinion as to the chances of
14 succeeding in getting that project?
15 MR. HOGAN : Objection. Relevance .
16 THE COURT : Overruled .
17 Q You may answer the question .
18 A Will you repeat again .
19 Q What I am trying to ask yoU what did you think your
20 chances were at the ti~e the Esperanza Pro j ect was pending
21 and your proposal was pending , what did yOU think your
22 chances were of succeeding?
23 A I think we got a very good chance.
24 Q Was there ever a time prior to Decembe r 13th, date of
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25 the final meeting , you ever considered withdrawing that bid?

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1 A No, sir .
( 2 Q When YOU made a proposal, "r . Padreda, throughout the
3 years to either private or public institutions to do a
4 proJect, and you don·t win the proJect, what do you normally
5 do with the files and the papers of that proJect? What
6 normally happens to that?
7 A We throw it away .
8 Q Is there any reason to keep it?
9 A No reason.
10 Q Do you know what happened to your files on the Esperanza
11 Project after you withdrew your bid?
12 A I don't have any idea where they are.
13 Q Did YOU take them with YOU when YOU left?
14 A No .
15 Q This purports to be--I think it is marked as Defendant's
16 Exhibit 46 which is---
17 THE COURT: For identification.
18 Q For identification, which is El Sol De Hialeah,
19 "R. HOGAN: He wants to show it to the Jury . I
20 have no objection to it coming in .
21 Q April 1, 1972 , as a matter of fact. Do yOU recall
22 whether or not your name and address and phone number of
23 your business was located anywhere on this purported
24 article?
(
25 A No , sir.

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1 Q Let me show it to YOU and see if that would refresh Your

\. 2 recollection . Is that part of the same article dawn he re?
3 A Yes .
4 Q Does your street address and phone number appear?
5 A I don ' t see it , sir.
6 Q What is this address down below?
7 A The plant .
8 Q Whose plant?
9 A Miami Concrete plant.
10 Q Was that your plant?
11 A Yes , sir .
12 Q How does it differ from the news print? How is it
13 different in size in the news print?
14 A It is a big --
15 MR. HOGAN : It·s not in. He can·t testify to it.
16 THE COURT : Objection sustained .
17 Q You indicated on direct examination you indicated on
18 cross-examination , when Mr . Hogan asked YOU about that
19 article, that was an advertisement . Is that what your
20 understanding was, that Has on adverti sement?
21 A I believe it was .
22 Q Did YOU recall paying any money to have that article put
23 in there?
24 A I don · t have any ideo . Mr . Rodriguez was the treasurer ,
25 secretary treasurer of the corporation. and he handled that .

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1 Q Was it not . to your knowledge, customary to , with regard
( 2 to papers such as E1 Sol De Hialeah, other newspapers and
3 community newspapers that yOU could pay for newspaper
4 articles in there, to be put into the newspaper?
5 A Pay for the advertising.
6 Q And they would make it look like a newspaper article?
7 I'IR . HOGAN : ObJ ection . Leading .
8 THE COURT : Sustained .
9 Q How is it yOU did not gO to the meeting on December
10 13th?
11 A I don·t hear you.
12 Q How is it yOU did not gO to the meeting on December 13 ,
13 1982, the final meeting in which the bid was awarded?
14 A I was not here.
15 Q You were not there?
16 A No .
17 Q Why was that , do yOU recall?
18 A I was in my house .
19 Q Why were you at that house that evening?
20 A I was sick.
21 Q Do you recall when YOU noticed yOU intended on going to
22 the the meeting?
23 A No . I had no intention to gO to the meeting .
24 Q When yoU went to Raul Martinez ' house , what Has his
25 reaction when you told him about the withdrawal of the bid?

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1 What was his reaction? How did he oct; not what he said,
( 2 but how did he act?
3 A He don ' t see a reason for withdraw of the bid .
4 Q Can YOU say whether he reacted surprised, shocked?
5 MR . HOGAN: Objection .
6 THE COURT: Sustained .
7 Q In other words , what was his demeanor at the time?
8 MR . HOGAN : Objection , unless he tells him .
9 Q Do you understand---
10 MR . HOGAN : I object to the word demeanor .
11 THE COURT : On what basis?
12 MR . HOGAN : Because I don't think it is
13 understood.
14 THE COURT : If he does not understand it he will
15 tell us he does not understand it .
16 Q Do YOU know what I mean by demeanor?
17 A No .
18 THE COURT : Objection sustained. Rephrase Your
19 question .
20 Q How did Mr . Martinez behave when he was telling YOU
21 this?
22 A I don · t recall , but he said why we withdraw . That is

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23 all .
24 Q Did he indicate to yOU whether or not he already had
25 known about it?

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1 A I am sorry .
{ 2 Q Did he say to YOU during that conve r sation that he hod
3 already known about the withdrawal?
4 "R . HOGAN : Objection. Leading .
5 THE COURT : Sustained .
6 Q Do you know how "r . "art inez found out about the
7 withdrawal, your withdrawal?
8 A I have no ideo.
9 Q Do yOU know whether or not he knew about it before YOU
10 got there?
11 A I presume so .
12 Q Why do you preSUMe so?
12
13 A Because the meeting was way before I went to his house.
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14 Q Was there anybody there when yOU ar r ived?
15 A "r. Cardona was there .
16 Q Now , with reference to that meeting , I Just wont to
17 understand your testimony on cross-examination .
18 With reference to that meeting at Mr. Martinez '
19 house on either December 13 Dr December 14, yOU said there
20 was another person there?
21 A That ' s correct .
22 Q Looking at Government ' s Exhibit 79 , do you recall
23 whether or not anyone in this picture represented the person
24 or appears to be the person who was at that meeting?
(
25 A I really don't recall . I think I sow that person Just

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lone day . never saw before or later. I don·t recall who it
( 2 was .
3 Q Do YOU see that person or anyone who looks like that
4 person in that photo?
5 A Really. I cannot answer that Question.
6 "R . HOGAN: Objection.
7 THE COURT : Overruled.
8 Q Do yOU know who "r. Victor Gonzalez is? A person named
9 Victor Gonzalez?
10 A No. I think he was one of the members of the board. but
11 I don ' t know him.
12 Q As part of your plea agreement . yoU plead to on
13 information in which--and this is in evidence. where YOU
14 admit to knowingly and Wilfully making a false . fraudulent
15 and fictitious statement of material facts in a contractors
16 certificate of actual cost.
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17 Do yOU recall that?
18 A Yes .
19 Q Part of the things thot were false about that
20 certificate of actual cost . is that there were checks
21 indicated paid to subcontractors that were currently not
22 paid to subcontractors .
23 Do you recall that?
24 "R . HOGAN : Objection. Leading . The plea
( 25 agreement is in evidence.
Pcdredc - Redirect -
1 THE COURT : Overruled ,
( 2 Q You can answer thot Question,
3 A Will yoU---

4 Q Port of the expenses YOU claimed were expenses that


5 apparently were mode to appear as expenses mode to
6 subcontractors and other suppliers that were , in fact , paid
7 to them?
8 MR , HOGAN: I object , It is a mischaracterization
9 of the plea agreement and leading ,
10 THE COURT: Overruled on those grounds ,
11 A The check was issued to the companies that were
12 requested by the owner of the project ; from Martinez ' father
13 for work done on the project before I started the proJect ,
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14 Q You kneH that at the time that it Has Hork done prior?
15 A Yes ,
16 Q You also knew at some point that those monies Here never
17 paid to those subcontractors , Is that right?
18 A When I pay the money to the--Hhen He Hrote the checks ,
19 at that time , He Here Informed even if He don ' t pay that
20 money , that company Hould lien the property ,
21 Q You subsequently found out those companies did not get
22 paid this money?
23 A That ' s right, We found out money Has never paid to the

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companies , The check was kept by Jiro Martinez ,
(SIDEBAR)

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1 MR, HOGAN : I think we would have to have a break ,
( 2 Afte r on hour and a half in the morning the number 6 is
3 dozing off, or stand UP or something like that ,
4 THE COURT : Okay ,
5 MR , HOGAN : She is very intent most of the time ,
6 Sometimes , after a long time she goes to sleep, as I wish I
7 can sometimes , Would YOU tell them Jiro is no relation to
8 Raul ,
9 (SIDEBAR CONfERENCE CONCLUDED)
10 BY MR , CHAYKIN:
11 Q Mr, Padreda , would you write a memorandum of your
12 meetings with your partners?
13 A No, Sir ,

14 Q Were you in the habit of writing memos at any other


15 time?
16
17
A

Q
No,
Why was that?
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18 A I don ' t use to write memos ,
19 Q Did yOU write a memo of your discussion with Raul
20 Martinez about 150 thousand dollars that he wonted?
21 A No ,
22 Q Why would yOU not write a memo about that conversation?
23 MR, HOGAN: Objection,
24 THE COURT : Objection sustained,
(
25 Q The memo of December 14 , the memorandum of December 14

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1 that was shown to YOU by Mr . Hogan , are there any features
2 about this memo that identify it as a memo written by Mr.
3 Sacasa?
4 A That is the original person who write the memos in my
5 office .
6 Q Let me show yOU what has been marked as defendant's
7 exhibit 9 for identification . Is there anything else about
8 the way that memorandum was drafted that is characteristic
9 of Mr . Sacasa ' s?
10 A Mr . Sacasa in some paragraph when we have--he have to gO
11 and proceed with this same subject or something, always have
12 like down here number; he come back and say pOint one , point
13 two . That is a characteristic in the Sacasa memo .
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14 Q When you would write what language would YOU write---
15 A In Spanish.
16 Q With respect to your testimony about payment to Mr .
17 Valdez , how did you make those paYments to Mr. Valdez?
18 A Checks .
19 Q To whom?
20 A To different companies .
21 Q Who gave YOU the nomes of these different companies?
22 A Sir .
23 Q HOH did YOU get the names of these different companies?
24 A Through Mr . Valdez.
25 Q How was it that you wrote the checks to these different

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1 companies? How did that come about?
( 2 A He asked me to write a check to different companies.
3 Q Did YOU know why he was doing that at the time?
4 A No . sir . I have no idea .
5 Q With respect to the indictment in Texas . you signed an
6 agreement which yoU acknowledged responsibility for what yOU
7 did in regarding the indictment in Texas. "r . Hogan showed
8 YOU that . Do you recall that?
13
9 A Yes.
10 Q What it means for you to accept responsibility?
11 A We have to repay the bank . and that I took the
12 responsibility to pay the bank .
13 Q Did yOU do that?
14 A Yes. sir.
15 Q Did yOU ever have ony type of agreement between YOU and
16 Judge King . that YOU know about? Was there any plea
17 agreement between you and Judge King?
18 A I never have anything . I never met Judge King ar never
19 talked to "r . Judge King.
20 Q This plea agreement. who was this agreement with?
21 A With the United States Attorney office .
22 Q Does this agreement indicate as to who is baund by this
23 agreement?
24 A The United States Attorney Office.
25 Q Were YOU ever told Judge King would be bound by this

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1 agreement?
2 A No. sir.
3 Q When YOU say no . sir---
4 A I don · t have any idea he is bound or whatever.
5 Q Do yOU remembe r any provisions you being adv1sed that as
6 to your sentence that the Court is not bound by any
7 recommendation made by the United States?
8 A That · s what the Judge said at the time .
9 Q The Judge told yOU that?
10 A Yes. sir.
11 Q The Judge told YOU that he was not bound by anything in
12 this agreement. did he not?
13 A That·s correct .
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14 Q Do you recall that as to restitution . that any award .
15 any ogreement between YOU and the United Stotes as to
16 restitution with respect to the $119 . 000 . that Judge King
17 would not be bound by that also?
18 A No. sir .
19 Q No. he would not be bound?
20 A No . I don ' t know thot .
21 Q Do yOU recall these words in the agreement? Parograph
22 10. all parties understand however that this recommendation .
23 os with any other recommendation that the United States may
24 choose to make is not binding upon the Court . Do YOU recall
( 25 that?

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1 A That · s correct .
-
\. 2 Q That Has your understanding that anything in this
3 document Has not binding on the Court?
4 A That · s correct .
5 Q As yOU sit here today , do yOU know what sentence yOU
6 Hill receive from Judge King when yoU are sentenced?
7 A I don · t have any idea .
8 Q When YOU commenced cooperating , pursuant to your plea
9 agreement, do you know whether or not Raul Martinez had
10 already been indicted?
11 A Yes , he was .
12 Q So , your cooperation occurred before or after "r.
13 "artinez ' indictment?
14 MR. HOGAN : ObJ ection . I obJ ect because the
15 indictment is not evidence.
16 THE COURT : Overruled.
17 Q Your cooperation began before or after Mr . Martinez was
18 indicted?
19 A After "r . Martinez ' indictment .
20 "R. HOGAN : ObJ ection . It i s misleading .
21 THE COURT : Clarify it .
22 Q Do yOU know whether or not the re was a superseding
23 indictment against Mr . Martinez after your plea agreement?
24 Do YOU know what a superseding indictment is?
25 A No , I don ' t .

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1 Q Do YOU know what, if any , charges were different , before
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2 or after Your cooperation?


" 3 A No , I have no idea.
4 Q When YOU began cooperating, did YOU know or did anybody
5 tell YOU what specific evidence the Government expected to
6 get from you?
7 A The Government expect from me to answer all the
8 questions that YOU have or the Government has truthfully,
9 without lYing, at any moment .
10 Q Was this part of your agreement?
11 A Yes .
12 Q Providing truthful and complete information in testimony
13 regarding your knowledge?
14 THE COURT : We have gone over that . You went over
15 that .
16 Q When YOU began cooperating, did anybody say this is what
17 we want from you?
18 A No.
19 Q Did YOU know at the time of your cooperation what
20 witnesses the United States had?
21 A No.
22 MR. HOGAN : ObJection . Immaterial. Repetitious .
23 THE COURT : Objection sustained .
24 Q Do yoU know who was cooperating with the United States
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1 "R . HOGAN : Some objection .
( 2 THE COURT: Sustained.
3 Q Did this agreement provide. sir. for your prosecution
4 for perjury if you lied?
5 A Yes . sir.
6 Q Why would yoU not lie? "r . Hogan asked you whether or
7 not you would say the moon is blue if it was white; for your
8 daughter. would yoU do that?
9 A According to the ogreement that I have with the
10 Government I cannot lie at any moment.
11 Q What is your understanding if yOU do lie?
12 A That I can--the agreement is not valid . It is void and
13 null and my daughter con be prosecuted .
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14 Q Would yOU do anything to Jeopardize that agreement?
15 MR . HOGAN: Objection .
16 THE COURT : He will take that UP in a minute. I
17 What is the Question pending?
18 "R. CHAYKIN : Would he do anything to Jeopardize
19 his plea agreement.
20 THE COURT : Overruled.
21 A No. I would not .
22 Q Had anyone threatened yoU with the fact that if yOU did
23 not sign this plea agreement. that your daughter will be
24 indicted?
L 25 A No . sir .

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1 Q Have YOU seen members of the Latin Builders Association
( 2 in Cou r t the last two days of your testimony?
3 MR . HOGAN : Objection . Relevancy.
4 THE COURT : Sustained .
5 Q What affect has your testimony hod on your standing with
6 the Latin Builders Association .
7 MR. HOGAN : Objection .
8 THE COURT: Objection sustained .
9 MR . CHAYKIN: I have no further questions .
10 THE COURT: You may step down.
11 (WITNESS EXCUSED)
12 (LINDA LODDO , GOVERNMENT ' S WITNESS, RECALLED)
13 THE COURT : Ladies and gentlemen do YOU recall we
14 hod a witness who was not feeling well and we discontinue
15 the the examination we are bringing that witness back to
16 continue the examination and ony redirect if it is deemed
17 appropriate
18 THE COURT : You are still under oath . Have a
19 seat, please .
20 CROSS EXAMINATION , CONTINUED
21 BY MR , HOGAN :
22 Q Good morning , Miss Loddo?
23 A Good morning,
24 Q Do YOU feel better?
25 A Much better , thank you . I apologize for not being here