Sunday, March 1, 2009

Some refugees involved in fraud

From The St. Petersburg Times:

Feds: Cuban exiles made millions in false Medicare claims, then left

By David Adams, Times Latin America Correspondent
In Print: Sunday, March 1, 2009

Instead, federal agents say Moreno's wealth was the product of a perplexing criminal phenomenon sweeping South Florida: multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud perpetrated by Cuban-American exiles.

Even more troubling, many jump bail and flee the country rather than face trial. Often they end up right back in Cuba, out of reach of U.S. law enforcement.

Key quote: "People who leave Cuba are brought up on a culture of stealing from the state and generally getting away with it," said Uva de Aragón, a director at Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute. "They want to come here, but don't have much means when they get here, so when they see a chance to make some easy money they might grab it."

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