Francisco Alvarado

Corruption-money

The Strange Rise and Sudden Fall of the Florida Mayor Who Took on a SWAT Team

A disgraced doctor and alleged user of crack and meth managed to take over a city until he got caught. Somehow, that was just the beginning.
Francisco Alvarado
6.11.19
Late Capitalism

The Hot New Millennial Trend Is Scamming Amazon for Big Money

"To most people $230,000 is a lot of money, but for Amazon it probably doesn’t do anything to hurt its stock price."
Francisco Alvarado
10.11.18
crime

The Insane Saga of the Fake Saudi Prince Who Scammed Miami's Rich and Famous

A career con-artist, Anthony Gignac got busted over and over again, but kept finding new prey in America's capital city of fraud.
Francisco Alvarado
7.18.18
Money

Miami's Wild Bitcoin Scene Doesn't Care About Your 'Bubble'

Despite warnings from experts and haters and the occasional plummet in value, the Magic City is going all-in.
Francisco Alvarado
1.16.18
true crime

A New Murder Suggests a Serial Killer Is Prowling Florida

Experts and local cops say the latest grisly slaying bolsters their theory of a serial assassin stalking the street, but locals we talked to aren't ready to hide indoors.
Francisco Alvarado
11.15.17
true crime

Is a Serial Killer on the Loose in Florida?

Cops are hinting at it and residents are worried after three eerily similar fatal shootings in the same normally low-key neighborhood.
Francisco Alvarado
10.26.17
Florida

The Guys Cashing in on Hurricane Irma's Boat Destruction

The historic storm made a mess of the fleets of ships in Miami's Biscayne Bay. Now salvagers are looking for a windfall.
Francisco Alvarado
9.21.17
crime

What We Know About the Teen Accused of Ambushing Cops in Miami

A 19-year-old has been charged with the shooting attack on two undercovers in a minivan.
Francisco Alvarado
3.30.17
News

How Fidel Castro Dominated Miami's Politics for Decades

The Latin American strongman cast a long shadow over the southern tip of Florida.
Francisco Alvarado
11.27.16
News

The Complicated Connections Between Legal Hydroponics and the Marijuana Black Market

In states like Florida where most weed is still illegal—even for medical reasons—hydroponic gardening stores are battlefronts in the war on drugs.
Francisco Alvarado
8.23.16
News

Murder Plots, Bumbling Cops, and Con Men: When Reality TV Goes Wrong

How a Florida newlywed who allegedly plotted to have her husband killed on an episode of 'COPS' is fighting her case.
Francisco Alvarado
4.5.16
News

The FBI Are Cracking Down on the Potentially Deadly Mexican Heroin Flowing into Florida

A high-profile bust shows how stronger varieties of heroin are arriving in a state infamous for prescription drug "pill mills."
Francisco Alvarado
2.10.16
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