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Cuban Spy Couple Sentenced to Jail

January 4, 2002

MIAMI (AP) _ A couple who pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba during the 1990s were sentenced Friday to federal prison terms _ seven years for him and 3 1/2 years for her.

George and Marisol Gari were members of the Wasp Network, a Cuban spy ring whose mission was to infiltrate and collect information on Cuban exile groups and U.S. military installations.

Five other members of the spy ring 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 get mail going to and 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.

``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.″

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