Detective Francisco Gaete investigated the case along with Detective Laura Migala with the State of Florida Division of Insurance Fraud. They say two men and a woman conspired together to sell a vehicle – a grey colored 2013 Infinity G35 - for between $2,500 and $3,500 in cash to someone who would “make it disappear”. The car is valued at $36,000. They then planned to report it stolen to collect on insurance.
The two men were acquainted with each other, but met again while in the Plantation Key jail. One of them – 40 year old Amaury Medero of Miami – was arrested in December of 2013 after he was caught stealing customer information from a computer at an auto parts store in Key Largo. The other man – 48 year old Ricardo Jimenez of Cape Coral, Florida – was arrested in May for stealing a boat, motor and trailer from Islamorada and then attempting to flee from deputies.
According to Detective Gaete, while in jail Medero made contact with an outside source and arranged for the sale of the vehicle for Jimenez. The girlfriend of Jimenez, 33 year old Carolina Madruga of Cape Coral, Florida was the owner of the vehicle and was also involved in discussions related to the fraud case. She was not in jail and had control of the vehicle.
Jimenez gave Madruga contact information for the outside source and she arranged for the sale of the car to take place. On July 22nd, Medero was released from jail. He picked up the car from Madruga. As of this date, the car is still missing and the location of Medero is unknown.
On August 28th, Madruga reported the vehicle stolen to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The following day she filed an insurance claim on the car with 21st Century Centennial Insurance Company.
Warrants were issued for all three suspects. Jimenez, who was still in jail when the warrants were issued, was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud; Madruga was arrested on the same charges today (Tuesday) as she left the Plantation Key Jail after visiting Jimenez. Medero is still wanted on the outstanding warrant. He is also wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Lee County for failure to appear in court.
Anyone who knows where Medero is, or where the missing vehicle is should contact Detective Francisco Gaete at 305-853-3211. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers number is 1-800-346-TIPS and tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.