10/06/13 - Go Jamaica - Cuban jailed for breaking US embargo
MIAMI, Oct.6, CMC A United States federal district court has sentenced a
Cuban national to 12 months for selling goods to Cuba in violation of the
US trade and economic embargo on the island.
Pedro Adriano Borges, 68, will spend six months in prison, six in home
detention and pay a US$1,000 fine. He will also serve four months for
Borges and four other men were indicted in 1997 on charges of sending 18
shipping containers from Miami to Cuba from 1993 to 1996, via third
They carried US$93,000 worth of foodstuffs, light bulbs, diapers and other
goods, according to the Miami Herald.
Three of the defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 18 months
each, including Javier Ferreiro Parga, a Spanish businessman living in
Havana, who was the importer of the goods. A fourth elected to go to trial
and was acquitted.
The Miami Herald reoports that Borges could have been sent to jail for 35
years 10 for violating the Trading With the Enemy Act and other embargo
laws, 20 for helping to launder the money that Cuba paid for the goods and
five for conspiracy to launder money.
He had just finished serving a 39-month prison sentence in New Jersey on a
separate money-laundering charge but still had three years of parole to
According to court documents, Borges received permission on July 31, 1995
for a 21-day business trip to Costa Rica but never returned to the United
Instead, he faxed his Cuban-American parole officer a string of excuses
for his absence, the Herald reports.
One fax claimed he was helping Cubans to win their liberty, hinting that
he was somehow involved in anti-Castro activities.
Court officials say Borges is expected to return to Costa Rica after
completing his home detention. He has a wife and property worth US$1.2
million in the Central American nation, as well as Costa Rican
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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