Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sports agent accused of paying for smuggling of Cuban players into Florida

Sports agent accused of paying for smuggling of Cuban players into Florida

By Vanessa Blum
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


A California sports agent known for representing Cuban baseball players paid to have five prospects from Cuba smuggled to the United States in 2004, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.Gustavo "Gus" Dominguez, of Chatsworth, is accused in a 52-count indictment of financing fast-boat trips across the Florida Straits so he could profit from representing the players.

The Cubans were apprehended on their first attempt to reach the United States. In August 2004, they made it to Florida and were driven to California, where Dominguez paid for their apartment, meals and clothing, prosecutors said.

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