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Press Release

Miami Dock Builder Sentenced for Building Illegal Structures in Navigable Waters

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

A Miami dock builder was sentenced to one year probation for building illegal structures in navigable waters.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Maureen O’Mara, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division (EPA-CID), and Colonel Alan M. Dodd, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, made the announcement.

Jose Miguel Calvo, of Miami, Florida, was sentenced for the violation of federal law involving the illegal construction of structures, including docks and piers, in navigable waters of the U.S., in violation of the Rivers and Harbors Act. He was sentenced on one misdemeanor count of knowingly placing and erecting structures, docks, and piers within navigable waters of the U.S., without, or in violation of, valid permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing such conduct.

Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, Calvo must file any necessary permit applications for ten Miami-area installations, and complete any corrective action required by the Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to the Rivers and Harbors Act, to include modifications or alterations of the structures, including the payment of mitigation for damage to natural resources.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jodi A. Mazer and Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Watts-FitzGerald.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated March 18, 2015