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June 9, 1995 | Times Wire Services
Fugitive financier Robert Vesco has been arrested in Cuba, where he has lived the past decade after fleeing the United States, Clinton Administration sources said Thursday night. The sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Vesco has been taken into custody by Cuban authorities after his relationship with Fidel Castro's government "turned difficult" in recent months. ABC News quoted U.S.
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May 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Robert Vesco, the American fugitive who cooked up moneymaking schemes that allegedly involved everyone from Colombian drug lords to the families of U.S. presidents, died in Cuba and was buried almost six months ago, according to an official document. A burial record at Havana's Colon Cemetery shows that a man with the same name and date of birth -- Dec. 4, 1935 -- died Nov. 23 from lung cancer and was buried the next day in a private plot. He was 71.
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BUSINESS
June 9, 1995 | From The Washington Post
Cuban officials have detained longtime fugitive financier Robert L. Vesco and federal officials are preparing to bring him back to the country he fled more than 23 years ago, law enforcement sources said Thursday. The sources said a provisional arrest warrant was issued Thursday in Florida for the arrest of Vesco, although a Clinton Administration official was unable to confirm that.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2008 | Reuters
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.
NEWS
August 27, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2008 | Reuters
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.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 20, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
August 5, 1985 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 27, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
August 2, 1996 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking gaunt in a steel-blue prison uniform, Robert Vesco, the onetime financier who has eluded U.S. authorities for almost a quarter of a century, went on trial Thursday in Cuba, the country that was his refuge from American justice. Charged here with acts against the economy, illegal economic activity and fraud in connection with an alleged attempt to secretly develop and market a miracle drug for cancer and arthritis, Vesco, 60, faces up to 20 years in prison.
NEWS
July 6, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Richard Nixon's nephew, Donald Nixon, who was held under house arrest in Havana while Cuban officials investigated his ties to fugitive financier Robert Vesco, said Wednesday he believes that authorities may have been after a "miracle drug" that he and Vesco were testing.
NEWS
June 26, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Donald Nixon, nephew of the late President Richard Nixon, is being detained in Cuba by officials who believe he is involved in the international drug trade with fugitive financier Robert L. Vesco, Nixon said Sunday. Officials "told me that I was money laundering, that I was in the international drug trade, and that I was a member of the CIA," Nixon, 49, told ABC News. He was apparently speaking from Vesco's home in Cuba, where he is believed to be under house arrest.
NEWS
June 26, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Donald Nixon, nephew of the late President Richard Nixon, told ABC News on Sunday that Cuban officials are detaining him because they believe he is involved with fugitive financier Robert L. Vesco in the international drug trade. Officials "told me that I was money laundering, that I was in the international drug trade, and that I was a member of the CIA," Nixon, 49, said, apparently speaking from Vesco's home in Cuba, where Nixon is believed to be under house arrest.
NEWS
June 20, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 6, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Richard Nixon's nephew, Donald Nixon, who was held under house arrest in Havana while Cuban officials investigated his ties to fugitive financier Robert Vesco, said Wednesday he believes that authorities may have been after a "miracle drug" that he and Vesco were testing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Robert Vesco, the American fugitive who cooked up moneymaking schemes that allegedly involved everyone from Colombian drug lords to the families of U.S. presidents, died in Cuba and was buried almost six months ago, according to an official document. A burial record at Havana's Colon Cemetery shows that a man with the same name and date of birth -- Dec. 4, 1935 -- died Nov. 23 from lung cancer and was buried the next day in a private plot. He was 71.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 10, 1995 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There may never have been, and there may never be, another "fugitive financier" quite like Robert L. Vesco. For one thing, Vesco always knew the value of a dollar--especially the millions of dollars he allegedly squirreled away without the consent of their previous owners. After more than two decades of living lavishly on the lam in and around the Caribbean, he seemed Friday to be headed for the waiting embrace of the Justice Department.
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