Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud; Mail Fraud; Wire Fraud; Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering; Money Laundering
PATRICIA S. SAA
|Photograph taken in 2009|
Aliases:Patricia Stella Saa, Patricia Saa Orellana, Patricia S. Melendez, Patricia Melendez
|Saa has ties to Naples, Florida, and may visit Spain and Switzerland. However, she is believed to be currently residing in Chile.|
CAUTIONPatricia S. Saa is wanted for her alleged involvement in high-yield securities fraud. Between January 2010 and April 2011, Saa and her co-conspirators, operated Commodities Online, LLC (COL), in Naples and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It is alleged that COL solicited individuals to invest in pre-sold commodities contracts promising returns of 3% to 33% in 15 to 115 days. To induce individuals to invest with the company, Saa and her co-conspirators made false statements, and concealed and omitted facts that included the company's failure to negotiate commodities contracts, the company's history of sustained losses and no profits, the misappropriation of millions of dollars by company principals for personal use, and the fact that the company made payments and returns on investments to earlier investors with monies solicited from newer investors. Saa is believed to have left the United States in 2010, however the company continued to operate and fraudulently raise more than $20 million from hundreds of individuals throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.
On August 30, 2012, a Federal Grand Jury for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, returned an indictment charging Saa with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering. That same day, a federal warrant was issued for Saa's arrest. Her co-conspirators have been arrested and are awaiting trial.
|Marcelo Estuarto Lafertte |
Saa may be in the company of her friend, Marcelo Estuarto Lafertte, who is not a fugitive from the law. Lafertte is a White (Hispanic) male and he is approximately 5’9” tall. Lafertte was born in 1954 in Chile.