- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Court records show a South Florida businessman plans to plead guilty for his role in the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig from Cuba.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set a Tuesday plea change hearing for 40-year-old Gilberto Suarez, who had previously pleaded not guilty to an alien smuggling conspiracy charge. The charge carries a potential 10-year prison sentence.

Authorities say Suarez was one of the Miami-based financiers of the 2012 smuggling venture that brought Puig by boat from Cuba to Mexico. The financiers were to receive a cut of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig later signed with the Dodgers.

Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of any money Suarez got from Puig’s contract, in addition to a house, a condominium, a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz.


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