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David Enrique Meza and Taylor Marie Langston are accused of stabbing 52-year-old Jake Clyde Merendino to death image www.crimefiles.net

David Enrique Meza and Taylor Marie Langston are accused of stabbing 52-year-old Jake Clyde Merendino to death. Picture: Facebook

A YOUNG couple allegedly lured a wealthy retiree into a gay relationship and made him sign away his fortune before killing him and dumping his body.

Fox reports that David Enrique Meza, 25, and Taylor Marie Langston, 20, from San Diego, were arrested yesterday with killing 52-year-old Jake Clyde Merendino and dumping his body in a Mexican ravine.

Police allege that Meza and Merendino met online in 2013 while they were both living in Houston. However by the time of the killing, Meza was living with his girlfriend, Taylor Langston, who was pregnant.

Merendino had a large inheritance left to him from his parents and earned good money flipping houses.

 

Wealthy … Jake Clyde Merendino was killed a dumped in a ravine.

The FBI claims that Meza and Merendino crossed the border into Mexico on April 29 to finalise a deal on a $300,000 property. Meza rode behind Merendino’s Range Rover on his motorbike, a 2014 Christmas present from his lover.

The checked into a hotel on May 1 and Merendino was seen in the lobby between 7pm and 8pm asking for a bottle opener.

At 10:30pm guests say they heard a motorbike leave the hotel. Staff say Meza was the only guest with a motorbike.

Meza was spotted at the Mexico-US border half an hour later.

However, Merendino was not dead at that point. At 1pm police say he told a security guard at the hotel that he had to go help a friend who was stranded on the road.

His body was found at 3:30am that morning in a ravine five minutes from the hotel.

While no CCTV footage shows Meza entering Mexico again — he can be seen crossing the border back into the US just before 4am with Langston’s SUV crossing the border into the US 25 minutes later.

David Enrique Meza has denied killing Jake Merendino image www.crimefiles.net

Story doesn’t add up … David Enrique Meza has denied killing Jake Merendino. Picture: Facebook

By 7pm that night they were back at the Mexican hotel where Meza told staff he needed to get something from the room.

Merendino’s Rolex watch, iPhone, iPad and laptop were all later found to be missing.

Meza also contested Merendino’s will, producing a handwritten version that said he was the sole heir to Merendino’s fortune.

While Meza has denied killing Merendino, he did admit that he and Langston had planned on robbing him but got cold feet.

When Langston was interviewed she claimed to be spending time with Meza’s friend ‘Joe’.

The FBI interviewed the friend who told them that Meza had called him a week before pleading with him to lie to police

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19-year-old Alexandra Martinez, who’s been charged with grand larceny.image www.crimefiles.net

A TEENAGER has been arrested and charged with grand larceny after allegedly preying on wealthy men in New York.

Sources claim 19-year-old Alexandra Martinez made a killing in the Big Apple by getting picked up at bars and then ripping off her marks at their homes or hotels.

Martinez targeted at least five men in Brooklyn and Manhattan for a total haul of $58,000 in cash and pricey watches, the sources said. She allegedly slipped Mickeys into cocktails she stirred for at least two victims.

Martinez had an accomplice in the Brooklyn jobs and picked her victims based on the value of their watches, prosecutors said.

“They typically meet the male victims at clubs or restaurants. The victims are usually wearing Rolex watches,” prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto said.

After working their way into the men’s luxury apartments, Martinez allegedly mixed drinks that knocked out the victims, who would later “awake to find their property missing,” Cotto said.

In one case, Martinez and her accomplice allegedly made off with four watches — three Rolexes and a Breitling, worth more than $38,500 — and $4,500 from an apartment.

Martinez allegedly chose her victims based on the price of their watches image www.crimefiles.net

Martinez allegedly chose her victims based on the price of their watches.

The victim, 24, told cops he met the women at an Artichoke Pizza outlet before bringing them home at around 3am. Sept. 4, the sources said.

In another case, Martinez and a crony allegedly pulled the same stunt on a 44-year-old man at around 4am. Thanksgiving Day.

That victim told cops he invited the women up to his pad at 111 Lawrence St., where they swiped a $10,000-plus Rolex and about $800, according to court records.

Martinez allegedly worked alone in two of the Manhattan cases, including one in which a 34-year-old victim chased her down and caught her in a cab with his credit cards after she allegedly swiped his wallet while he was in the bathroom in his apartment at 52 Greenwich Ave. on July 22.

Martinez, who is charged with five counts of grand larceny, was released on $50,000 bond.

Defence lawyer Marianne Bertuna said Martinez would “vehemently” fight the charges.

The New York Post has previously reported on an alarming rise in watch thefts in New York this year, including at least 31 Rolexes that have been taken by women going after men in bars and clubs.

Most notably, a Beverly Hills watch dealer, Steven Rostovsky, told cops he lost a $590,000, limited-edition Greubel Forsey watch and $6,000 to two women he brought from a Midtown strip club to The Baccarat hotel in the predawn hours of Dec. 7.

Also, two women stole $750,000 in watches and jewellery from the Tribeca pad of basketball star Derrick Williams, who brought them home after meeting them in a nightclub.

Martinez is not a suspect in either of those crimes.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and was republished with permission.

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Many individuals in society make mistakes and end up on the wrong side of the law. Normally the people that do are the ones that don’t have a lot at stake or don’t have any connections to the police department. You would typically expect those with billions of dollars to be able to escape prison time, and in most cases, that would be correct.
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Every so often, Johnny Law doesn’t care how much you are worth and how much you are willing to throw around to avoid jail. The Taxman also doesn’t care, and he’s going to get his money either way. Not all billionaires are built the same— some of them have gone to jail for cheating people out of millions of dollars, while others just got too drunk and made the bad decision to drive. Somehow, there is a billionaire on this list who could have easily afforded his own limo company ten times over and yet still decided to drive home drunk.We found 10 billionaires that have been sent to jail for the kind of bad behavior that you would expect from someone with a negative net worth. These guys (yes, men only on this list) fought the law and the law won! What did they all do to make the law so mad? Check out this list to see what these billionaire bad boys did to get themselves behind bars.

#10 – Wong Kwong Yu ($1.55 Billion)

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We start the list in China where Wong Kwong Yu was recognized as the richest man in the country in 2006. With the largest population in the world, that’s really saying something. Yu was the master of retail electronics in China, but got busted when he started making excessive money.

Turns out his key to success wasn’t an ancient Chinese guarded secret. It was instead just a bunch of insider trading and attempts to pay off law enforcement officials. Yu got sentenced to 14 years in prison as a result and made a six figure profit on his inside trade. After getting popped, Yu tried to spend $750,000 to get people to look the other way. Spoiler alert: They refused.

 

 

#9 – Jim Irsay ($1.6 Billion)

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Jim Irsay is one of the most outspoken owners in the US sporting arena, and is the current CEO of the Indianapolis Colts. One Sunday night, Irsay was driving from Indianapolis back to his home in the suburb of Carmel, Indiana. Due to his erratic driving and suspicious actions on the road, the boys in blue decided to pull Irsay over.

What police found was a little more than what they were expecting. Irsay was lit out of his mind and prescription drugs were found in his expensive car. Irsay had to go to jail, and the NFL wasn’t too happy with him. Irsay was suspended for half of the season, which is a shame because the Colts are actually a fun team to watch thanks to Andrew Luck the quarterback.

 

 

#8 – Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana ($1.65 Billion)

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Dolce and Gabbana are two of the most recognizable names in all of fashion. They are also two of the most recognizable names in all of tax evasion. Italy was going through a recession and started busting down on those that dodged their taxes, and Dolce and Gabbana were public enemy number one.

Despite being very successful, the fashion duo wanted to be more successful and made a phony company to sell to a company in Luxembourg. That sale allowed them to save half a billion in taxes outside of Italy. Now they owe $1 billion in taxes and fees to the court for breaking the law. At least they will be the best dressed in prison.

 

 

 

#7 – Allen Stanford ($2.2 Billion)

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Allen Stanford the con man became a billionaire in the finance game, but he did so by cheating & conning everyone he ever worked with. The judge was a little miffed during the case and sentenced him to 110 years in prison. The prosecutors accepted that, but initially wanted more than 200 years for Stanford. Not that it really matters, since nobody has lived to see 170 years.

Stanford was the conductor of a ponzi scheme that promised huge returns on investments. Stanford duped the young, the old, the smart, the foolish and everyone in between. The billions that he took from people made him wealthy, but he didn’t get to enjoy it for very long. Every dog has its day, but time caught up to him eventually. Unfortunately, Stanford can’t repay all of the money he stole, so the folks he screwed have to cut their losses.

 

#6 – Chey Tae-won ($2.5 Billion)

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People with a lot of money are known to be maybe just a little eccentric, but Tae-Won might take the cake in terms of crazy. After visiting a fortune teller, and hiring him to become the asset manager of his company, Tae-Won took money from his own company to help the Shaman.

The investment in the mystical person was not met with a lot of foresight, since he jetted out of the country with $50 million of his money. The shareholders weren’t too happy that the company they invested in was suddenly without funds & broke and Tae-Won was wanted for embezzlement. The  Chinese authorities decided that his goofy act was worth at least four years in prison, which the fortune teller did not tell him about, for obvious reasons.

 

 

#5 – Bernie Ecclestone ($4.2 Billion)

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Bernie Ecclestone and his Formula One empire have achieved international popularity. That still hasn’t stopped Ecclestone from trying to make more money through selling some of his shares, but he went about it the wrong way. Ecclestone decided to bribe an investment banker for a guarantee that the bank would let him stay in charge even after selling their stake.

That’s not how things work, and the bribe that was accepted put the investment banker in prison for over eight years. Ecclestone has cried foul and said that he was blackmailed, but not a lot of people are buying it and his day in court is upcoming. It looks like it will be hard for Ecclestone to get out of this one if he doesn’t offer another bribe.

 

 

#4 – Joseph Lau ($8.4 Billion)

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The story of Lau is almost identical to that of the Kwok brothers later on in this list. Also in Hong Kong, Lau was found guilty for attempting to pay more than $2 million to the government public works head of staff for some land deals. It probably happens there all the time, but only a few guys have gotten caught.

Lau had to give up his company and spend more than five years in jail. The good news for Lau is that he is from the country of Macau. Hong Kong and Macau aren’t the best of friends, so Lau isn’t really in danger of being sent back to the country. Still, the whole fiasco is a cautionary tale that the Kwok brothers probably should have paid some attaention to.

 

 

 

#3 – Vladimir Yevtushenkov ($9 Billion)

Vladimir-YevtushenkovRarely do you become one of the richest businessmen in the entire nation of Russia without pulling a few strings and cutting a few corners. That’s exactly what oligarch Yevtushenkov did in 2014 to get arrested for money laundering. Is it really that big of a surprise? For the head of an oil company to be a greedy cheater?

Not only did Vladimir have to do some prison time, but the Kremlin also took his assets in the oil company. After looking at the oil prices in January 2015 and the fact that it’s about $1.60 a gallon in the United States, Vladimir may have lucked out after all. Russia’s oil market had been in shambles in 2014, and a lot of people are happy about it.

 

 

 

#2 – Silvio Berlusconi ($9 Billion)

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Berlusconi will not be confused with a good or pious man anytime soon. Despite being in his late 70’s, Berlusconi got busted by law enforcement on two different charges. The first is just your run of the mill tax fraud that billionaires seem to be attracted to, but the second was a little puzzling. Berlusconi was also charged and found guilty of sex with an underage prostitute nicknamed “The Heart Stealer”.

There are still three more charges that are awaiting trial, including defamation, wiretapping and bribery. The old weasel made his money by buying rights to television shows and movies during the 1980’s. The tax gymnastics he did with his company netted him a lot of dodgey money, so he had a price to pay.

 

 

#1 – Thomas & Raymond Kwok ($12.6 Billion)

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Hong Kong is a place with big money at the top, and the Kwok brothers decided they wanted more and more despite being multi billionaires already. Insider information is hard to come by, and the Kwok brothers were willing to cough up $$$ for it. The problem is that you can’t do that without some retribution.

These two ‘dodgey brothers’ wanted some private information on land sales that were pending to stay ahead of the curve. That was bad enough, but the Kwok’s were also accused of bribing a chief secretary to look the other way. The chief secretary is the second in charge in Hong Kong, which obviously had the number one guy a little jealous that he wasn’t getting a piece of the action and the charges were brought in hard.

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