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Cuban Spies Sentenced to Prison

January 5, 2002

MIAMI (AP) _ A husband and wife have been sentenced to federal prison terms for their involvement in a Cuban spy ring that sought to infiltrate Cuban exile groups and U.S. military installations.

George and Marisol Gari, who had pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba, learned their sentences Friday _ seven years for him and 3 1/2 years for her.

``I think it was a fair sentence in view of the seriousness of the crime,″ said Louis Casuso, Marisol Gari’s attorney. ``My client was happy with it.″

Five other members of the spy ring, called the Wasp Network, were sentenced last month to prison terms ranging from 15 years to life.

Prosecutors said the Garis engaged in espionage from 1991 to 1998 under the code names Luis and Margot. Marisol Gari used a former job at the Postal Service’s Miami International Airport distribution center to intercept mail going to and coming from targeted Cuban-Americans.

George Gari, a former Lockheed Martin equipment tester, was ordered to apply for work at the U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami in an unsuccessful infiltration attempt.

The Cuban government maintains it has the right to seek information on exile groups in the United States to protect itself against potential terrorism.

Marisol Gari pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent for Cuba. She is not a U.S. citizen and could be deported after she completes her sentence.

George Gari, who was born in New York but moved with his family to Cuba as a child, pleaded guilty to one count of acting as an unregistered agent for Cuba.

The couple has two young children.

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