via Local 10.
Andrew Mirmelli, owner of the Lenox Avenue parking lot that figures in one of the sleaziest parking lot/towing scams that Miami Beach has ever seen, has a criminal history that includes arrests for felony drug possession, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and passing worthless checks.
In April 1996, Mirmelli was arrested and charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor.
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Court records show (above) that adjudication was withheld on four of the charges and he was sentenced to serve probation.
In 1998, he was again arrested and charged with passing a worthless check, a felony. Court records show that the state declined to take him to trial on that charge.
Mirmelli's first brush with the law came in 1994 when he was charged with petty theft. He beat that charge by participating in a pre-trial intervention program.
Last night Mirmelli tried to mitigate some of the criticism leveled at him about his operation of the parking lot by talking to two TV reporters.
Mirmelli told CBS4's Brian Andrews that he's "looking for customers, not angry patrons," adding, "I have no ownership whatsoever in Tremont Towing," referring to the towing company that's been swooping down on motorists who don't read the fine print on the signs in his lot.
Technically, Mirmelli is telling the truth. But take a look at who is listed as Tremont Towing's manager.
None other than Deidre Mirmelli, Andrew's mother.
Mirmelli and his mom own quite a few companies according to the Florida Department of State.
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I'll bet Andrew's mom bakes a helluva an apple pie, too...that is when she's not dispatching Tremont's tow trucks to steal cars from unsuspecting Miami Beach visitors and residents who park at her son's lot.