Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Stone said at her hearing, â€œIn a few short years, she went from a very modest income, for South Florida terms, to richer beyond probably her wildest dreams, with a lifestyle to match.â€
In just the past few years, Sylvia had $6,000,000 worth of transactions at casinos. But her tax returns didnâ€™t reflect even an iota of this sort of income, much less the disposable sort.
FBI agents seized two Lexus automobiles, multiple big-screen TVs, and more than a hundred pieces of jewelry, including a Rolex watch, diamond rings, and a host of other valuables. They have also seized her home and several of those pain clinics. Itâ€™s estimated by the FBI that about 12,000,000 prescriptions for the likes of oxycodone and morphine were given by her various locations in those four short years. Each visit costing the patients between $325 and $350.
Sheâ€™s been charged with drug trafficking, multiple counts of money laundering, and money laundering conspiracy, and is now awaiting federal trial. But sheâ€™s not alone in her plight; so far, about 100 people have been charged in the case, including said patients, former employees of these clinics, and even a former police chief.
A judge said there was a risk Sylvia would flee, so he refused to release her from jail on bail before her trial.
â€œThe evidence suggests that these clinics appear to be one thing on paper, but in reality are something else,â€ U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley said. â€œI'm concerned that the picture painted of Ms. Hofstetter is the same.â€
This is her home which was seized by Authorties