- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

MIAMI (AP) - A wealthy Venezuelan sent by President Hugo Chavez’s government to cover up a political scandal involving a suitcase full of cash is looking at prison time in the U.S.

A Miami federal judge is scheduled Monday to sentence 41-year-old Franklin Duran, convicted in November of conspiracy and acting as an illegal foreign agent. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 15 years, but Duran will likely get less.

Duran was leader of a group of South American men who came to Miami in 2007 to cover up the source of a suitcase containing $800,000 in cash that was discovered in Argentina. Testimony showed the money was a gift from the Chavez government to the campaign of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez.

Three other men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide