Miami-Dade County authorities arrested a former manager of the county-owned Miami International Airport Hotel on Monday for theft of county funds.
Ivy Evans-Maquilon, and her husband Jorge Maquilon, were arrested and accused of over-billing the hotel over a period of years to enrich their personal income.
According to the charges, Ivy Evans Maquilon used the name Ivy Evans at work to conceal her marriage to Jorge Maquilon, who bid on projects at the hotel.
Jorge Maquilon ran two companies called Decomax Corp. and Emporium Supplies Corp. He submitted bids for work at the Miami International Airport Hotel at inflated prices, the charges allege.
The county accuses Evans-Maquilon of developing a scheme which bypassed financial controls by creating fake bids to make it appear that her husband’s company was the best supply source.
According to the charges, the fraud was discovered when someone questioned why the hotel was overpaying for wallpaper they already had in stock.
The hotel maintenance supervisor, Nestor Aznar, also profited from the scheme but has now pleaded guilty.
Source : Paul Brinkmann