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Two Jailed for Sending Food to Cuba

February 2, 1998

MIAMI (AP) _ Two men who had pleaded guilty to shipping food to Cuba in violation of the U.S. embargo have been sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest.

The food was worth more than $400,000, according to a federal indictment. The federal Trading With the Enemy Act bans all commerce with Cuba without Treasury Department permission.

Carlos Fernandez, a Cuban living in the Miami area, and Kenneth Boyer, an American who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, admitted they were part of an operation run by a third man, Spaniard Francisco Javier Ferreiro-Parga, that shipped food through the Dominican Republic to Havana, the government said.

Prosecutors said they used false documentation that showed the cargo was bound for the Dutch Caribbean territory of Curacao.

Boyer, 42, who was sentenced Monday, also was fined $30,000. He and Fernandez, 52, sentenced on Friday, will spend two years on probation after their jail terms.

Ferreiro, 46, of La Coruna, Spain, was sentenced in December and is serving an 18-month jail term.

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