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Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not?

Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not? / Victor Ariel Gonzalez, CID
Posted on November 17, 2013

“Cuba is not the place of origin, transit or destination of human
trafficking”. This was declared by Isabel Moya Richard, the director of
’Editorial de la Mujer’ (A Cuban Women’s Federation publisher) on
November 1. However, later in the article it is… Continue reading

Hijacker pleads not guilty in Florida court

Posted on Wednesday, 11.13.13

Hijacker pleads not guilty in Florida court
BY CURT ANDERSON
AP LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER

MIAMI — A man who admits hijacking an airliner from the U.S. to Cuba almost two decades ago has pleaded not guilty to air piracy charges.

William Potts has said in interviews he decided to return from Cuba last week to face… Continue reading

Hijacker back in Fla. court for plea, bail hearing

Posted on Wednesday, 11.13.13

Hijacker back in Fla. court for plea, bail hearing
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — A man who hijacked an airliner from the U.S. to Cuba almost two
decades ago is due back in a Miami federal courtroom on Wednesday.

William Potts is scheduled to enter a plea to air piracy charges and
seek release on bail.… Continue reading

Former hijacking fugitive in Cuba ‘protests’ proceedings in Miami federal court

Posted on Thursday, 11.07.13

Former hijacking fugitive in Cuba ‘protests’ proceedings in Miami
federal court
BY JAY WEAVER

William Potts Jr., the former longtime U.S. fugitive accused of
hijacking a Miami-bound commercial airliner to Cuba almost 30 years ago,
took umbrage with the American justice system during his first
appearance in federal court Thursday.

“I’m new at this stuff,… Continue reading

Thirty Years After He Hijacked A Plane To Cuba, William Potts Will Return To America

Thirty Years After He Hijacked A Plane To Cuba, William Potts Will
Return To America
November 5, 2013 5:20 PM

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Almost 30 years after William Potts, a member of
the Black Panthers, hijacked a Miami-bound plane, he will return to
American soil.

Potts boarded a plane out of Newark Airport with a pistol. He hijacked
the plane… Continue reading

Fugitive hijacker leaving Cuba to face US justice

Posted on Wednesday, 11.06.13

Fugitive hijacker leaving Cuba to face US justice
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — William Potts has long been beyond the reach of U.S. justice
in Havana, where he served time for a hijacking, then settled down with
a Cuban woman, started a family and made his livelihood as a farmer.

On Wednesday, nearly three… Continue reading

Teacher who visited Cuba due to ‘low crime rate’ strangled in hotel room

Teacher who visited Cuba due to ‘low crime rate’ strangled in hotel room
A young British teacher, who chose to visit Cuba because of the
country’s “low crime rate”, was ambushed and murdered by a security
guard in her hotel room in an apparently “motiveless” attack.
By New agencies6:55AM BST 24 Sep 2013

Lara Jones, 26, had flown to Fidel… Continue reading

Tomb Raiding and Wreath Robbing

Tomb Raiding and Wreath Robbing / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on August 29, 2013

The scandal of thefts in cemeteries continues, despite all the
denunciations published inside and outside the island. Of course for
many years here there was a silent complicity by the official press, the
only one accredited in the country. But with the advent of technology
and the… Continue reading

Homesick American hijacker offers to return from Cuba

Homesick American hijacker offers to return from Cuba
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
May 27, 2013 — Updated 1519 GMT (2319 HKT)

Havana, Cuba (CNN) — Should William Potts, an American fugitive living
in Cuba, ever set foot in the United States again, he faces an
indictment for airplane hijacking and a potentially lengthy prison term.

So why is Potts now… Continue reading

Joanne Chesimard, Fugitive Living in Cuba, Named to FBI ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ List

Joanne Chesimard, Fugitive Living in Cuba, Named to FBI ‘Most Wanted
Terrorists’ List
Informers stand to gain $2M in the unlikely event Chesimard, convicted
of murdering a cop 40 years ago, is caught
By Steven Nelson
May 2, 2013

Forty years ago today, Joanne Chesimard allegedly shot and killed New
Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. She was convicted, but escaped… Continue reading

Florida man behind Medicare money-laundering transfers to Cuba sentenced to 4 years

Posted on Thursday, 04.25.13

Florida man behind Medicare money-laundering transfers to Cuba sentenced to 4 years
BY JAY WEAVER

A Florida “middleman” convicted of laundering millions of dollars of fleeced Medicare payments to Cuba — in the first criminal case of its kind in the United States — was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison by a Miami… Continue reading

Missing Florida couple, kidnapped sons reportedly in Cuba

Posted on Monday, 04.08.13

Missing Florida couple, kidnapped sons reportedly in Cuba

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida couple suspected of kidnapping their two sons

from the woman's parents are in Cuba, authorities said Monday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received information that the

Hakken family had arrived on the island nation, according to a news

release. Investigators… Continue reading

Canada vows to take action against sex tourists who target children

Posted on Monday, 03.18.13

Canada vows to take action against sex tourists who target children

By Juan O. Tamayo

[email protected]

The Canadian government has vowed to stop sex offenders from travelling

abroad to abuse children in the wake of a series by the Toronto Star and

El Nuevo Herald that exposed how easily Canadian sex tourists can slip

through the… Continue reading

Feds: Medicare millions moved to Cuba through Canada, Trinidad and Mexico

Posted on Monday, 11.05.12

Feds: Medicare millions moved to Cuba through Canada, Trinidad and Mexico

Federal court records reveal that a Florida money-laundering network

moved Medicare millions to Cuba through Canada, Trinidad and, now, Mexico.

BY JAY WEAVER

[email protected]

A South Florida money-laundering network secretly transferred more than

$30 million in illegal Medicare profits through a remittance firm with

shell… Continue reading

In Cuba a Lot of Stuff Falls Off of Trucks

In Cuba a Lot of Stuff Falls Off of Trucks / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated

In life to be a truck driver, or to work at a dock or container facility

has been a lucrative business in Cuba. Very lucrative, as Eulalio, a

24-year-old driver with experience hauling heavy cargo, knows well.

He comes from a lost village… Continue reading

Man’s fatal fall in Cuba bewilders family

Aug 26, 2012 – 8:58 AM

Man's fatal fall in Cuba bewilders family

Tony Lumley looks dazed as he sits in his cramped Mississauga kitchen,

staring at a table piled with flowers and cards.

It has been only days since his 22-year-old son, Horace "Odaine" Lumley,

died in a mysterious balcony fall Wednesday at a Cuban resort hotel.

"I really… Continue reading

Mississauga man found dead in Cuba

Mississauga man found dead in Cuba

Published on Friday August 24, 2012

MISSISSAUGA NEWS Odaine "Horace" Lumley of Mississauga reportedly died

at a Cuban hotel after falling off a balcony this week. Authorites are

investigating the incident.

Laura Kane and Jacques Gallant

Staff Reporters

A Mississauga family is seeking answers after 22-year-old Horace

"Odaine" Lumley was found dead this week… Continue reading

Miami money-laundering case spotlights link between Medicare fraud and Cuba’s national bank

Posted on Saturday, 06.30.12

Medicare fraud

Miami money-laundering case spotlights link between Medicare fraud and

Cuba's national bank

By Jay Weaver, Mimi Whitefield and Jacqueline Charles

[email protected]

Oscar L. Sánchez, a Cuban immigrant with little education, helped

revolutionize Miami's Medicare rackets through a storefront

check-cashing business that enabled various criminals to launder $63

million from the United States through a… Continue reading

Medicare fraud’s men in Havana

Posted on Saturday, 06.23.12

Medicare fraud's men in Havana

By Myriam Marquez

[email protected]

If the feds' case sticks, Oscar L. Sanchez will be convicted as a

cash-for-Cuba financier of fraudsters, "a capitalist for Cuban banks,"

as prosecutors wrote in a court motion, accusing the 46-year-old South

Florida man of conspiracy to commit money laundering for a group that

funneled $63… Continue reading

Feds in Miami: Millions stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banking system

Posted on Monday, 06.18.12

Medicare fraud

Feds in Miami: Millions stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banking

system

Miami federal prosecutors say they uncovered an international

money-laundering operation that moved millions in stolen Medicare

dollars to Havana's banks.

By Michael Sallah

[email protected]

In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man

with engaging in a massive money-laundering… Continue reading

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