Monday, January 09, 2006

Cuban Spies at FIU?

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer 29 minutes ago

A college professor and his wife were charged with being longtime illegal agents of Cuban President Fidel Castro, documents filed Monday said.

Documents filed U.S. District Court show that Carlos Alvarez, a psychology professor at Florida International University, and his wife, Elsa Alvarez, were charged with acting as an agent of Cuba without registering with the U.S. government as required.

The two were scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrea Simonton, according to the documents. An indictment further describing the charges was expected to be unsealed after that court appearance, court officials said.

Alvarez is identified on the Florida International web site as an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. Elsa Alvarez is described as a coordinator in the social work training program, specializing in psychological treatment, crisis intervention and group psychotherapy.

Alvarez didn't return two phone messages left at his office. A university spokesman didn't return several calls.

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