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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cuba Convicts U.S. Fugitive

MEXICO CITY -- A Cuban court has convicted Robert Vesco of economic crimes against the state and sentenced him to 13 years in prison, apparently ending the fugitive American financier's decades on the run.


Vesco, who fled to Cuba to evade trial in a fraud scheme in the United States 25 years ago, wes found guilty Monday of producing and marketing a cancer and arthritis drug without the Cuban government's knowledge, Cuba's official Prensa Latina news agency said in a report monitored in Mexico City.


Lidia Alfonsa Llauger, Vesco's Cuban wife, was convicted of lesser charges in the case and sentenced to nine years.


Vesco settled in Cuba after leaving the United States to avoid charges that he bilked mutual-fund investors of $224 million. Cuba has refused repeated U.S. requests to extradite him.


Vesco is also wanted in the United States on various other charges, including making an illegal $200,000 contribution to President Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign.


A 1989 U.S. indictment accuses Vesco of using Cuba as a base for drug trafficking.