The founder of the popular Lincoln-Marti schools has closed on a $56.2 million mortgage for more than 70 properties in Miami-Dade County, records show.
Demetrio Perez Jr., who pleaded guilty to felony charges of defrauding elderly tenants in low-income Little Havana apartments in 2002, signed the loan as the sole managing member of 19 companies, including DP Real Estate Holdings LLC. BankUnited is the lender, according to Miami-Dade County records.
Perez, also a former city of Miami commissioner and Miami-Dade County School Board member, was sentenced to six months of house arrest and 18 months of probation in 2002. Later, in 2012, county commissioners provided Perez with $110 million in municipal bonds for his private charter schools, the Miami New Times reported. That financing allowed Perez’s nonprofit Lincoln-Marti Schools to acquire his private companies, improve schools he owned and buy more charter schools in Hialeah and Florida City, according to the newspaper.