(South Florida Sun-Sentinel) U.S. policy created for humanitarian reasons 50 years ago has fueled a criminal pipeline from Cuba to Florida, enabling crooks from the island to rob American businesses and taxpayers of more than $2 billion over two decades.
A yearlong Sun Sentinel investigation found money stolen in the United States streaming back to Cuba, and a revolving door that allows thieves to come here, make a quick buck and return.
Cuba has become a bedroom community for criminals who exploit America's good will.
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"There's a whole new sub-class of part-time residents that flow back and forth," said Rene Suarez, a Fort Myers attorney who represents Cubans charged in criminal schemes. "They tell me stories and live very comfortably in Cuba with the illegitimate money that they're able to obtain here in the United States.”