The Florida State Bar website states that The Daily Business Review reported that attorney Gabriel Martin, who ran unsuccessfully for Miami-Dade public defender promising to clean up the office, has been suspended from practicing law after his firm was caught up in a federal real estate fraud investigation.
Last month, the Florida Supreme Court suspended Martin’s law license on an emergency basis as the FBI investigated an employee of Martin’s law firm. According to The Florida Bar’s petition to suspend Martin’s license, the attorney allowed an employee to complete almost 100 fraudulent real estate transactions, bringing millions of dollars into a trust account in Martin’s name. The Supreme Court required Martin to notify all his clients of his suspension, and ordered him to deposit all funds received from practicing law into a trust account to be overseen by the Bar.
The report in the Daily Business News alleges that an employee of Martin, George Louis Garcia, was involved as closing agent in nearly one hundred fruadulent mortgage transactions.