Panamanian arrested in U.S. -
A Brooklyn prosecutor has brought charges against Panamanian Luiz Lizandro, accused of stealing a dead man’s identity and fraudulently collecting over $680,000 in Medicaid and Social Security benefits. According to the indictment, Lizandro stole the identity of Bobby Standifer, Jr., a U.S. Citizen who died in Panama in 1994, and used it to obtain a passport and travel to the U.S. in 1997. Since then he has allegedly received over $600,000 in Medicaid benefits, $60,000 in social security payments and $8,000 in food stamps. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Bag of bones found -
National environmental authorities found a skeleton and clothes packed in a suitcase in the Alto de Campana National Park in Chame. Investigators are working to identify the remains.
Colombians caught full of heroin -
Police arrested a Colombian couple, ages 41 and 45, with 51 capsules of heroin in their stomachs between the two of them. They arrived at Tocumen International Airport from Bucaramanga, Colombia, on their way to the Bahamas, but airport authorities noticed suspicious behavior and ran them through the x-ray machine. They now face international drug trafficking charges.
Lucer Prado back in Panama -
Prison breaker Frank Lucer Prado, age 50, is back in Panama to serve out the rest of his 20-year sentence. He and his brother Sandy, both former members of the U.S. army, were convicted for the brutal 1995 murder of 19-year-old Oristela Barba in Los Santos. In 2006, he escaped from the La Joyita penitentiary with Mexican drug runner Cristian Aguirre. Mexican authorities, however, caught him three years later running guns and explosives and jailed him for three years before extraditing him to Panama this week.