From the Pro Trump stickers on his white van to the profile information on his Twitter account, Cesar Sayoc, the Aventura man arrested him on Friday for allegedly mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats for his membership of the Seminole. Tribe of Florida. 19659002] "Native Americans for Trump" reads a sticker of the Seminole Flag on the White Passenger Van, which was towed from the car zone into Plantation where Sayoc, 56, was arrested.
"Booking Agent / Sales / Marketing / Promotions / Project Mgr Live Events Seminole Hard Rock Live," reads one of at least two Twitter profiles associated with Sayoc.
"Seminole Indians: An Unconquered Tribe", a slide show frame posted on October 1
But the Seminole tribe strongly denies that Sayoc was ever a member of the prominent Native American group, which owns a global business of casinos, restaurants and hotels Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino near Hollywood. The Seminole entertainment empire, according to Forbes magazine, has an estimated annual operating profit of $ 1.5 billion.
Tribal spokesman Gary Bitner, referring to the many social media profiles that seem to be associated with Sayoc, rejected the claim that Sayoc is affiliated with the tribe.
"We can not find any evidence that Cesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri Sayoc, Caesar Altieri Randazzo (Facebook), or Jul Cesar Milan (Twitter) is, was or is a member or employee of the Seminole tribe of Florida an employee of Seminole Gaming or Hard Rock International, "Bitner said in an email. "At this point, we can not verify that he is or was an employee of a sales company."
Sayoc has a criminal history in Miami-Dade and Broward districts – including a 2002 charge of threatening to bomb a large theft, battery and possessions with the intention of selling a muscle-building steroid. After yearbook photos, he graduated in 1980, the North Miami Beach High School. While at Brevard College, he was part of the Catholic Club.
It is not clear if Sayoc has a degree in Brevard. But until 2013, he ran a roadshow for a male striptease company based in Ohio, according to a letter that was filed on behalf of Sayoc in a Broward County criminal case and charged him with great theft and battery.
Tony Valentine, owner of Valentine Productions, the company Sayoc hired, wrote a letter to the court in September 2014 stating that Sayoc was "an important part of managing and overseeing my street productions and club fundraising."
Arrived by phone on Friday, Valentin first said that he refused a comment, then expressed regret for having written the letter.
"I met him a million years ago and he was caught stealing and wanted me to write a letter to the Florida judge," Valentine said. "I never should have done that, I got 500 calls today, this letter comes in the paper and it will make it look like I know that guy."
Those who knew Sayoc said he had no Seminole blood.
Ron Lowy, a lawyer from Miami, represented Sayoc when he was accused of bombing Florida Power & Light 2002 due to an expensive utility bill. Lowy said his former client was an outsider who created a "fantasy" identity to feel that way.
"He wanted to have a background." Lowy said. "He wanted to be liked by people, so he created this story."
This story was updated with additional coverage and to correct the institution where Sayoc belonged to the Catholic Club, Brevard College.