Miami - A Cuban-American couple who worked at a Florida university were
sentenced on Tuesday to prison terms for funneling information about Miami's
Cuban exiles to the Havana government.
Carlos Alvarez, a psychology professor at Florida International University in
Miami, was sentenced to five years in prison.
He admitted that for nearly 30 years he had supplied the Cuban Intelligence
Service with information about Miami's exile community, the heart of opposition
to Cuban President Fidel Castro and his government.
His wife, Elsa Alvarez, a counselor at the school, was sentenced to three
years in prison for concealing her husband's actions. Both are Cuban emigres and
naturalized US citizens who pleaded guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors said Carlos Alvarez used his university job to meet people that
Havana wanted watched. His wife sometimes accompanied him when he traveled to
meet with Cuban government agents, and knew he was using their home to relay
encrypted messages to Havana, prosecutors said.
US Attorney Alex Acosta said the couple betrayed the oath they took when they
became US citizens, which required them to renounce all allegiance to the
government of their homeland. "Carlos and Elsa Alvarez paid only lip service to
that oath, deciding to secretly serve the interests of a foreign master," Acosta