Criminal Charity: Fraudster Facetimes Bethenny Frankel and Ellen during the Live Hurricane Fundraiser

A surprised Ellen (left) when Emilio Ismael Vázquez appears in a Facetime video with Bethenny Frankel (right) announcing that he would donate $ 2 million to help the recovery of Puerto Rico during a live telethon

A Florida man who pretended to be a member of a wealthy Puerto Rican family made his way to a televised live telethon in October 2017 and tricked Ellen and Bethenny Frankel, making them believe he was going to donate $ 2 million to help Puerto Rico.

Somehow, Emilio Ismael Vázquez, 47, still managed to lend his support to his compatriots who were affected by the devastating damage left by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

A week before deceiving celebrities, Vazquez fraudulently handed over the much-needed aid to Aguadilla by defrauding a warehouse operator and a private airline.

The career criminal, who was previously sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2014 fraud case before his conditional release, will now serve another 10 years after a court in Miami found him guilty of fraud on Thursday.

He will also have to pay more than $ 1 million in restitution to the victims.

A surprised Ellen (left) when Emilio Ismael Vázquez appears in a Facetime video with Bethenny Frankel (right) announcing that he would donate $ 2 million to help the recovery of Puerto Rico during a live telethon

A surprised Ellen (left) when Emilio Ismael Vázquez appears in a Facetime video with Bethenny Frankel (right) announcing that he would donate $ 2 million to help the recovery of Puerto Rico during a live telethon

Emilio Ismael Vazquez (pictured) fraudulently delivered goods to Puerto Rico to help with the recovery of Hurricane Maria. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Florida court on Thursday.

Emilio Ismael Vazquez (pictured) fraudulently delivered goods to Puerto Rico to help with the recovery of Hurricane Maria. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Florida court on Thursday.

Emilio Ismael Vazquez (pictured) fraudulently delivered goods to Puerto Rico to help with the recovery of Hurricane Maria. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Florida court on Thursday.

During the live national broadcast & # 39; We Are One Voice – We Are One Voice & # 39; of the relief telethon that was held in Miami on October 14, 2017, Vázquez received the donation line under the alias of Emilio Serralles.

Vazquez had already headed a fraudulent relief trip to Puerto Rico the previous weekend.

Now he was just using his fake name to announce to the world his promise of $ 2 million during a conversation on Facetime Bethenny Frankel with Ellen DeGeneres on live television.

According to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, Vázquez claimed to be a member of the Serralles family, owner of the famous Destilirias Serralles, a distillery that produces Don Q rum in Puerto Rico.

The Florida Department of Justice revealed that by September 2017, the scammer approached the Commercial Property Group near Miami and rented a warehouse to store relief supplies to be sent to the dazzling Caribbean island. He issued a bank check for US $ 122,050.50 to settle the rental rate of five stores under his false name.

The press release also found that sometime in October of 2017, Vázquez approached a local charter airline seeking to secure a couple of cargo flights to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies. The agreement was reached for an amount of US $ 564,036.05 through the issuance of a "forged and fraudulent" check that was also rejected.

María Celeste Arraras from Telemundo (second from left) traveled to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, along with Emilio Ismael Vázquez (left) to deliver emergency aid to the victims of the hurricane a week before Vazquez promised $ 2 million in live television .

María Celeste Arraras from Telemundo (second from left) traveled to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, along with Emilio Ismael Vázquez (left) to deliver emergency aid to the victims of the hurricane a week before Vazquez promised $ 2 million in live television .

María Celeste Arraras from Telemundo (second from left) traveled to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, along with Emilio Ismael Vázquez (left) to deliver emergency aid to the victims of the hurricane a week before Vazquez promised $ 2 million in live television .

Marc Anthony (pictured) participated in the concert & # 39; We Are One Voice - We Are One Voice & # 39; in October of 2017 to help with the recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island.

Marc Anthony (pictured) participated in the concert & # 39; We Are One Voice - We Are One Voice & # 39; in October of 2017 to help with the recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island.

Ricky Martin (pictured) was present at the concert & # 39; We Are One Voice - We Are One Voice & # 39; in October of 2017 to help with the recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island.

Ricky Martin (pictured) was present at the concert & # 39; We Are One Voice - We Are One Voice & # 39; in October of 2017 to help with the recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island.

Marc Anthony (left) and Ricky Martin (right) were some of the many acts that participated in the charity concert & # 39; We Are One Voice – Somos Una Voz & # 39; in October 2017 and donated money for the recovery of Puerto Rico weeks after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria

Vázquez, who claimed to be the owner of the Puerto Rico Help Committee, flew to Aguadilla, in northeastern Puerto Rico, with artist Olgan Tanon and María Celeste Arraras of Telemundo during the Columbus Day weekend to deliver the products. .

Arraras lamented the case during an interview with the Miami Herald at the time of the incident, but said the relief items "were distributed to the civic organizations that delivered them to the victims."

In a report submitted to Congress last week, the Puerto Rican government admitted that more than 1,400 people died in Hurricane Maria, unlike the previously reported official figure of 64 on the island of 3.3 million people.

Vazquez, who also had an arrest warrant issued for violating the terms of his release for a 2014 mail fraud case, fled Florida and was apprehended by Secret Service agents on January 23 in New York City before being arrested. extradited.

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