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Bal Harbour Shooting Suspect Also Charged With Fraud

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Haidar Zafar is accused of defrauding The Fontainbleau Hotel.  He's also a 'person of interest' in a shooting in Bal Harbour.

Haidar Zafar is accused of defrauding The Fontainbleau Hotel. He’s also a ‘person of interest’ in a shooting in Bal Harbour.

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MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – A man Bal Harbour police have called “a person of interest” in a shooting outside of the upscale and trendy Bal Harbour shops last week appeared in bond court Sunday on a completely different matter.

On Saturday Miami Beach police booked Haider Zafar, 33, into jail on charges of organized fraud of $50 thousand or more, grand theft in the 1st degree of $100 thousand or more, and 2 counts of grand theft 2nd degree in an amount under $100 thousand.

During Sunday morning’s hearing, the judge set bond at $200 thousand. Zafar was also ordered to surrender his passport. If he makes bail, he will have to where a GPS monitoring device and will not be allowed to leave Miami-Dade or Broward Counties.

According to Zafir’s arrest warrant, from April 2009 to February 2010 defrauded the Fontainbleau Resort and Club Liv out of nearly $180 thousand dollars. Miami Beach police say Zafar stayed at the hotel, and partied at the club, on three different occasions. Each time he stayed for a several days, ran up the tab at the hotel and never paid. During his stays at the hotel, Zafar also allegedly ran up tabs of thousands of dollars at Club Liv. According to his arrest affidavit, he paid for these bills with three checks which were all returned for insufficient funds.

Bal Harbor police have not elaborated on what role they suspect Zafar played in the shooting.

Also arrested in connection with the Bal Harbour shooting was Ryan Hubbard, 32, who was taken into custody Friday in Ohio by U.S. Marshals. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The Marshal’s Service said their team went to the door of a home in Dublin, Ohio, where members of their Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team had spotted Hubbard on Friday.
US Marshal Cathy Jones said Hubbard did not answer the door, so members of the strike team forced their way into the home, and arrested Hubbard without incident. He is being held for extradition to South Florida, where he’ll face two counts of attempted Second Degree Murder.

Hubbard is from Miami Gardens, and had a long history with the state department of corrections. He was arrested twice in 2007, charged with carrying a concealed weapon, trafficking cocaine and aggravated battery. Hubbard is currently on probation.

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