Diaz Supermarkets Owners Accused Of $35M Fraud In Miami-Dade

John Diaz of Diaz Supermarkets

The owners of Diaz Supermarkets in Miami-Dade County have been accused of fraudulent transactions totaling $35 million, according to The Miami Herald.

The South Florida Business Journal says John Diaz, 45, and his wife, Mercedes Avila-Diaz, 44, were arrested Friday. Diaz faces charges of money laundering, organized scheme to defraud and multiple money service business violations. He and Avila-Diaz also are facing charges of workers’ compensation fraud.

Authorities allege there was movement of drug money through the supermarkets’ check-cashing and money-wiring services, according to reports.

Diaz Supermarkets operates four stores in Miami-Dade and the markets are well known in the Naranja and Homestead areas.

In the photo at top is John Diaz.


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A former newspaper editor and publisher who has handled digital duties for The Shelby Report since 2011. She once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.