The property manager of Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort owned by former President Donald Trump, appeared in court on Tuesday and was released on a $100,000 bond.
Carlos De Oliveira, 54, is facing charges of grand theft and forgery. Prosecutors allege that he stole more than $100,000 from the resort by forging checks and using the money for personal expenses.
De Oliveira was arrested on Monday after an investigation by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He appeared in court on Tuesday and was ordered to surrender his passport and to stay away from Mar-a-Lago.
De Oliveira’s attorney, Robert Gershman, said that his client is innocent and that the charges against him are “trumped up.”
“Carlos De Oliveira is a hard-working man who has been with Mar-a-Lago for many years,” Gershman said. “He is innocent of these charges and we are confident that he will be exonerated.”
De Oliveira is due back in court on March 14.
- De Oliveira has been employed at Mar-a-Lago since 2017.
- He is facing a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.
- The investigation into De Oliveira’s alleged crimes is ongoing.