Court documents state that investigators have plenty of evidence to document Navarros role as a straw buyer.
Investigators began monitoring Mayoli after his arrest, and on April 10, 2011, they documented text messages between Mayoli and the informant about a purchase involving Navarro.
Can he go in uniform? Mayoli asked, stressing that Navarro had to be at police roll call by 2:30.
That day, Navarro leased an LS460 from a North Miami Lexus dealership.
The warrant states that Navarro posed as a Jackson Memorial Hospital ER pediatrician who made $9,000 a month, though city records show he made just $67,000 that year. Then, in exchange for a promise of $3,000, he gave the car to a dealership owner, who illegally subleased the vehicle for $10,000.
Four days later, the warrant says, Navarro used a fake title obtained through a second dealership to secure financing for a Toyota 4-Runner that had already been purchased and exported to Venezuela six months earlier.
Authorities say he used a fake W-2 and inflated his salary, and the fake title was secured through the help of a woman who worked at a tag agency.
In both cases, Navarro defaulted on the loans and tried to report the cars stolen to Miami-Dade Police, which the affidavit says raised a host of issues with the cops.
The warrant states that Navarro was also recorded accepting $3,000 in what turned out to be money provided by FDLE.
Navarro, a patrol officer, was placed on desk duty after internal affairs began to investigate in March 2011, according to Chief Raymond Martinez.
He was relieved of duty with pay following his arrest, according to a department spokeswoman.
Navarro is a decorated officer who was honored as officer of the month several times and earned a medal of valor after he saved someones life, Band said.
He is the son of former police Cmdr. George Navarro, Sr., the lead supervisor on the 1997 Gianni Versace murder investigation. The elder Navarro, who now works as the Miami Beachs emergency manager, said Thursday that his son is innocent, according to Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS4.
I believe in the justice system, its not a perfect system, but its the best, he told CBS4.
Martinez said Navarros arrest is another example of how his administration is cleaning house of problem cops.
This is what fighting against corruption looks like as we root it out, Martinez wrote in a text to The Herald Thursday night. He said there were no other Miami Beach police involved in the investigation.
Navarro is just one of 10 suspects identified in the 61-page arrest warrant, which documents the illegal purchase or subleasing of 15 vehicles worth $530,000. Authorities are expected to release additional information Friday.