A friend sends me the
address of the home where one of the men jailed in the Maletagate case, Franklin Duran, was living in Miami before he was detained, specifically in Key Bizcayne, FL. The
address is 655 North Mashta Drive
and if you look at google maps, you find this aerial view:
It looks very nice
indeed, right on the inlet, and on the water as you can see on the left and you can see on the right the dock and boat in the back of the house. If one the puts the same
address into zillow.com, then one actually gets a very nice view of the house,
pools and everything, looks like the house has two buildings and maybe even a
couple of pools:
According to zillow, the
house is estimated to be worth US$ 3.96 million and yearly property taxes alone
are US$ 75,600, what would be a huge salary by Venezuelan standards.
One can then go to the
Dade county webpage
and put in the address in the database for properties in the county and one
finds that the house was assessed in 2007 at US$ 4.7 million and is the
property of a company called Foxdelta Investments. In pilot-speak Fox Delta stands for FD, the initials
of Franklin Duran, but one can go to the sunbiz webpage and find that
Foxdelta investments is indeed currently owned by Franklin Duran himself as its sole
However, if one looks
at the annual reports of the company, the original company
was registered by lawyer Wladimir Abad in 2003 and in 2004, it’s
President became Franklin Duran and it’s Vice President became none other
than the carrier of the suitcase himself, Guido Alejandro Antonini, with their
addresses specified, confirming beyond any doubt that the information given to
me is correct: This is Duran’s home, not too shabby, no? Long live the robolution!
Nothing much happened with the company until August 22nd.
of last year, when two weeks after Antonini was caught with the suitcase
Duran removed his buddy Antonini from being a Director, probably as a way of
distancing himself from Antonini. Unfortunately, later he met repeatedly with
Antonini trying to help him “hide” the origin of the funds in the suitcase and
the FBI was watching and taping and he was detained for acting as an agent of a
Abad, who created the company FoxDelta Investments was
also the Secretary of the company which owned the
plane confiscated last June by the DEA, as they made believe that the plane
was owned by US nationals, which he, as a lawyer, clearly knew was not true. This all makes it fairly clear that all of these guys know each other.
The bolibourgeois seem all to be connected to each other and they seem to love nice homes and expensive toys like planes.
You have to love the robolution!