Dade Medical College owner begins house arrest sentence

Ernesto Perez

Former owner of Dade Medical College, Ernesto Perez, has turned himself in to start serving his house arrest sentence, following a plea deal for illicit campaign funding.

His arrest marked the final blow for the for-profit college laboring under financial investigations, eventually closing last October. The school was a popular training program for Caribbean immigrants.

As part of a plea deal with the state, perjury charges were dropped against Perez in exchange for his guilty plea to the other charges

He was fitted with a GPS ankle monitor to serve his 60-day house arrest sentence as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. He will also serve three years of probation and pay a $150,000 fine.

Perez was facing up to six years in prison had he not taken the plea deal.

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