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Ex-Miami DEA Chief Tom Rafanello Gets Off in Obstruction Case: Judge Tosses Charges During Jury Deliberations

miami map istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ex-head of the Miami DEA office Tom Raffanello got an early Valentines Day gift from an unlikely person: a federal judge.

In a surprise move, U.S. District Judge Richard Goldberg on Friday, in the midst of jury deliberations,  ordered the acquittal of Raffanello, who was accused of obstructing an SEC investigation by shredding documents to protect his employer, Allen Stanford, an accused swindler, the Miami Herald reported.

The judge concluded that the prosecution had failed to prove its case.

Raffanelo had been Stanford’s chief of security. The judge also ordered the acquittal of a second defendant Bruce Perraud, who worked with Raffanello, the Herald reported.

“I’ve been a federal agent for 30 years and I believe in this country and I believe in the truth,” Raffanello told the Herald. “On the 22nd of February, I’m taking my infant daughter to Disney World.”

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