August 27, 1996 |
A Cuban court convicted fugitive U.S. financier Robert Vesco of economic crimes against the state and sentenced him to 13 years in prison. The verdict and sentence were announced by the state-run Prensa Latina news agency, monitored in Mexico City. Vesco was accused of trying to produce and market a cancer and arthritis drug without the government's knowledge. Vesco's Cuban wife was convicted of lesser charges in the case and sentenced to nine years.
July 20, 1989
Millionaire American fugitive Robert Vesco put the Cuban military into the cocaine smuggling business in 1985, NBC News reported. The network said that four high-ranking Cuban military officials who were executed last week after a summary trial received millions of dollars in drug bribes arranged by Vesco, who lives in Havana. Vesco, wanted for years in the United States on stock fraud and other charges, reportedly worked with the officers to set up an operation to smuggle U.S.
May 3, 2008 |
Robert Vesco, the fugitive U.S. financier wanted in connection with crimes ranging from securities fraud to drug trafficking and bribery, died of lung cancer in Cuba late last year, the New York Times reported in today's editions, citing people close to him. Cuban authorities did not publicly report Vesco's death, considering him a "nonissue," the Times said, while a U.S. official was quoted as saying, "We don't know that it occurred." Vesco was 72.
June 16, 1995 |
Cuba said Thursday that the United States has not sought extradition of fugitive financier Robert Vesco nor has Cuba offered to extradite him. Rafael Dausa, spokesman for the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, said the government has not received any formal petition for the return of Vesco, who was arrested this month after living in Cuba for 13 years.
June 20, 1995 |
Cuban President Fidel Castro has decided against sending fugitive financier Robert L. Vesco back to the United States, where he has been sought for 22 years on fraud charges, it was reported Monday. Castro made his comments Sunday night at a private dinner with CNN executives and correspondents, the network said. Castro said it would be immoral to allow Vesco's extradition to the United States, making him a political pawn in U.S.-Cuban relations, the network said.
August 5, 1985 |
A famous Communist defending a fugitive capitalist? It might seem odd, but there was President Fidel Castro telling a press conference Sunday that fugitive financier Robert Vesco is being persecuted by the United States "as if he were a beast." Castro's remarks about Vesco shed little new light on the shadowy life and times of the former mutual fund operator, who is charged with swindling investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars.