Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wife in Cuba Spying Case Begins Prison Sentence

May 31, 2007 8:29 am US/Eastern
Wife in Cuba Spying Case Begins Prison Sentence

(CBS4) OCALA The wife of a Florida International University professor
accused of spying for the Cuban government has begun her three-year
prison sentence near Ocala.

Elsa Alvarez pleaded guilty in December to knowing her husband was
conspiring to be a Cuban agent, but failing to report the information to

Alvarez unsuccessfully sought to postpone her surrender date until
mid-July. Her son says she has several health ailments.

Alvarez and her husband were arrested in January 2006 on charges of
being unregistered agents for Cuban leader Fidel Castro's communist
government. Both later pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Carlos Alvarez has been sentenced to five years in prison.

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