FBI agents in Puerto Rico registered on Wednesday a property in Caguas, in the center of the island, of music producer Rafael “Raphy” Pina, recognized for working and representing artists of the urban genre such as Daddy Yankee and Natti Natascha, sources close to the musician reported. .
According to a member of Pina’s work team, Efe had not resided in the home for almost nine months, so he was not present at the site at the time of the procedure.
In fact, Pina, administrator of the Pina Records record label with which Yankee and Dominican Natti Natasha works, is passing the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the US Virgin Islands, as he has shown in photos and videos. from Instagram.
Lymari Cruz, an FBI spokesperson in San Juan, confirmed to Efe that the federal agency “is executing a search in Caguas Real”, but “due to the federal agency’s policy” neither confirmed nor rejected the investigation.
“I do not know if this person has anything to do with it. And if someone communicated with him, I would not find out,” said Cruz.
Pina, also known as “Mr. Sold Out” for fully selling performances by his artists, has previously been linked to several court cases.
The most recent was in 2016, when he was sentenced to two years of probation and to pay a fine of $ 150,000 for mortgage fraud, thus escaping from going to prison.
Said sentence was the result of an agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office, the country of which Puerto Rico is an Associated Free State, whereby the producer pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and others were filed.
According to the authorities, in 2012 Pina participated in a scheme to defraud the bank Doral Bank for 4.1 million dollars, through the sale and purchase of a residence in the area of exclusive Palmas del Mar homes in Humacao.
The charges that were filed were, among others, for money laundering and, originally, Pina was exposed to a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
In another episode, the offices of producer and artist manager Pina Records in Caguas were shot in early December last year.
At the site were found 12 40 caliber shell, 6 223 caliber, 2 223 ammunition and a missile fired missile.
Many of the caps coincided with those fired against the Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan the morning before, on December 7, in a few days when Daddy Yankee offered a series of twelve concerts under the name “Con Calma Pa’l Choli”.
The concert series, produced by Pina, broke records by becoming the highest grossing ever in Puerto Rico with 12 shows with sold out tickets and more than 170,000 sold in one month.