In a series of recorded phone calls conducted alongside police, Durand acted as a broker to arrange for Gonzalez to hire Amarantos, according to the warrant.
On July 14, 2011, detectives video-recorded Gonzalez handing $2,000 cash in an envelope to Durand outside the courthouse. She even gave him a receipt.
In January 2012, detectives also filmed Gonzalez paying Durand $1,500 for more legal services outside the family courthouse. Ultimately, on Feb. 6, the case was dismissed in court when a Homestead officer failed to appear in court.
Gonzalez still had more traffic charges stemming from a third arrest. Durand told Gonzalez that to clear his record, he needed to complete traffic school — and that she could get him a certificate saying he had completed classes, according to the warrant.
Even though he never attended class, she got him the certificate, from Hialeah’s Luz Traffic School, police said. Detectives later followed Durand to the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles office in Pembroke Pines, where she worked before becoming a bailiff, and saw her handing several documents and “unknown amounts of money” to an employee.
Miami-Dade Detective Luis Robainas later went undercover posing as a pal of Gonzalez’s who also needed legal help. In a conversation caught on video outside the family courthouse, Robainas presented a phony citation purportedly from Sweetwater police.
In the video, she claimed she had “friends” at Sweetwater, and suggested she could get an officer to not show up for court.
There is no evidence that Durand succeeded in getting any tickets dropped, although authorities are still investigating.