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
Posted on Monday, 03.18.13
Canada vows to take action against sex tourists who target children
By Juan O. Tamayo
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
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
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 / 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
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
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
A Mississauga family is seeking answers after 22-year-old Horace
"Odaine" Lumley was found dead this week… Continue reading
Theft Prevention on the Beach
August 10, 2012
Jorge Milanes Despaigne
HAVANA TIMES — "Sir! Sir! Excuse me!" someone yelled to me while I was
dozing off in the sand, lying under an umbrella.
"Is this your stuff? he asked.
"Yes," I said, still unable to tell who it was.
"Don't fall asleep. You need to keep an eye on… Continue reading
Posted on Saturday, 06.30.12
Miami money-laundering case spotlights link between Medicare fraud and
Cuba's national bank
By Jay Weaver, Mimi Whitefield and Jacqueline Charles
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
Posted on Saturday, 06.23.12
Medicare fraud's men in Havana
By Myriam Marquez
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
Posted on Monday, 06.18.12
Feds in Miami: Millions stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banking
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
In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man
with engaging in a massive money-laundering… Continue reading
They Steal Cows From a Commander of the Revolution / Yaremis Flores
Cuban Legal Advisor, Translator: mlk, Yaremis Flores
Last Saturday, May 5, in the nighttime hours, at least three cows were
taken from a farm belonging to Commander Guillermo Garcia Frias, located
southeast of the capital. At dawn the next day, three patrol cars and
two Forensic Medicine vehicles… Continue reading
Posted on Friday, 05.25.12
Havana hookers rob US chef in art show
Not funny, says critic of trips to Cuba
By Juan O. Tamayo
Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio jokingly tweeted, "I was no where near Cuba."
So who was the New York chef, or assistant chef, who went to Cuba for a
bit of food diplomacy and wound up… Continue reading
Conviction / Laritza Diversent
Laritza Diversent, Translator: Sian Creely
Once Cuban trials have declared a person's guilt, they then order the
destruction of incriminatory evidence.
Jesús Daniel Forcade Portillo, 29 years of age, and Ramón Echevarría
Fernández, 40, were punished with 35 years in prison for the
assassination of the jeweller Humberto González Otaño in the early
morning of 14th… Continue reading
Cuba Reluctant To Detain Suspects In Attack On Pastor, Christians say
Thursday, April 12, 2012 (3:42 am)
HAVANA, CUBA (Worthy News)– Over two months after a Cuban pastor was
beaten and left unconscious in eastern Cuba, officials have still no
suspects in the case, Christian rights activists told Worthy News
Wednesday, April 10.
Pastor Reutilio Columbie ccontinues to suffer from… Continue reading
Counterfeit Pesos Circulating in Cuba
March 22, 2012
Isbel Diaz Torres
HAVANA TIMES, March 22 — "Sorry but this bill is counterfeit, my love,
so I can't take it." That was what a clerk said to a woman a few days
ago when she tried to buy a soft drink for her child at the private
stand where I catch… Continue reading
The Odyssey of Reporting a Crime in Cuba / Laritza Diversent
Laritza Diversent, Translator: Adam Cooper
Gabriel got up in the morning. He was shocked to find that when going to
shower water was not coming through the rusty pipes of his modest home.
It seemed to him that something wasn't right. He went out onto the patio
and followed… Continue reading
Cubana Hijacking: A Tragedy Remembered, An Alleged Hijacker Living Free
By Hank Tester
updated 10/4/2011 11:45:28 PM ET
The first-ever international hijacking operation originating on U.S.
soil departed from Miami International Airport on November 1, 1958.
Cubana Airlines flight 495 was forced to attempt to land on a small
airstrip in eastern Cuba, but plunged into nearby Nipe Bay.… Continue reading
Demand extradition of cop-killer from Cuba
6:18 PM, Oct. 4, 2011
In September 2010, a murder victim was found inside a burning automobile
in Atlantic County. Shortly after, his alleged killers fled to Cuba.
Little more than a year later, U.S. marshals traveled to Havana and
returned the suspects to New Jersey to face trial.
Thirty-eight years ago, a young… Continue reading
Condenado a 15 años de cárcel empresario francés acusado de lavado de dinero
Jean-Louis Autret dispone de 10 días para apelar ante el Tribunal
Supremo, después de que sea notificado su defensor
Agencias, Madrid | 10/08/2011
Un tribunal de La Habana condenó a 15 años de cárcel al empresario
francés Jean-Louis Autret, detenido en Cuba desde 2009, por el… Continue reading
Wanted man living it up at resort 12
JUSTIN SADLER, QMI Agency
Updated: Saturday, July 23, 2011 5:28:56 EDT AM
OTTAWA – Photos of a man police say is on the run and wanted in the
shooting death of a 16-year-old Ottawa man surfaced online Friday
showing him vacationing in Cuba, QMI Agency has discovered.
But shortly after QMI Agency… Continue reading
Posted on Saturday, 07.16.11
Medicare fraud Medicare fraud fugitives
Medicare crooks find safe haven in Cuba
South Florida is known as the capital of Medicare fraud, but
increasingly Cuba is where the scammers go to avoid prosecution.
BY JAY WEAVER
As Medicare crime spreads across South Florida, accused scammers are
escaping in droves to Cuba and other Latin American… Continue reading