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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

They Steal Cows From a Commander of the Revolution / Yaremis Flores

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

Havana hookers rob US chef in art show

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

[email protected]

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

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

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

The Odyssey of Reporting a Crime in Cuba / Laritza Diversent

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

Cubana Hijacking: A Tragedy Remembered, An Alleged Hijacker Living Free
By Hank Tester
NBCMIAMI.com
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

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

Juicio

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

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

Medicare crooks find safe haven in Cuba

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
[email protected]

As Medicare crime spreads across South Florida, accused scammers are
escaping in droves to Cuba and other Latin American… Continue reading

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