Ernesto Perez is the politically influential CEO of Dade Medical College — but also, he is a man with a criminal past.
Perez’s apparent failure to acknowledge his old brushes with the law, even in sworn statements to the government, has now led to a new batch of criminal charges.
Miami-Dade prosecutors on Friday charged Perez, 44, with two counts of perjury, a misdemeanor, and one count of providing false information through a sworn statement, which is a third-degree felony.
Perez has yet to turn himself in to authorities. Reached by phone on Friday, Perez said he was traveling outside the country, but that if any forms were filled out incorrectly, the errors were simply an oversight and an “honest mistake.”
“We have a lot of papers that cross our office on a daily basis,” Perez said, declining further comment.