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Charter yacht owner Laurent Marc-Antoine Jean Maubert-Cayla was arrested in August in relation to the death of a guest on board his yacht, M/Y Miami Vice, in April.

As part-owner of the 91-foot yacht, Maubert-Cayla had employed Mauricio Alvarez, 49, of Miami, as its captain. Alvarez was driving the yacht with the engine engaged in reverse when it ran over and killed one of the seven guests who had chartered the yacht on April 1. The accident happened at Monument Island in Miami.

Alvarez was arrested in April as he attempted to board an overseas flight at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Court documents state that the charter operation was illegal because Alvarez did not have a valid U.S. Coast Guard license and had received a ticket from the Coast Guard in March for operating a charter without an appropriate license.

According to allegations in the documents, Maubert-Cayla also knew that Alvarez was using cocaine and alcohol during the period he served as captain, from approximately November 2017 until April 2018, and had filmed Alvarez using cocaine as recently as March 29, 2018.

The yacht captain’s trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 4.

To read more, visit the U.S. Department of Justice website.

To read our previous coverage, click here.

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