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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters

Cuba handed over an American wanted for fraud and theft in Utah to U.S. authorities on Thursday, the third fugitive it has returned to the United States in one year, U.S. officials said.

John Bradley Egan was detained by Cuba at the end of June when his 30-foot yacht developed engine trouble off Havana’s Marina Hemingway.

Egan had no documents and the Cubans contacted the U.S. diplomatic mission, which determined there was a warrant for his arrest in Utah for bank fraud and ID theft.

“The U.S. Coast Guard, our mission and the Cuban Foreign Ministry managed get him into U.S. custody and he was taken back to the United States this morning,” a U.S. diplomat said.

He was the third fugitive to be returned to the United States in one year.

The hand over of the three has come since acting President Raul Castro took over running Cuba from his ailing brother Fidel Castro 14 months ago and appears to indicate increased cooperation in law enforcement between the two countries, which have not had diplomatic relations since 1961.

“We seem to have had good cooperation from the Cubans on these law enforcement and drug issues. It is not given much publicity,” the diplomat said.

Earlier this year, Cuba returned an American wanted for fraud in the United States, a U.S. official said.

In October last year, Havana handed over David Ray Franklin, who stole a plane and flew to Cuba with his son. Franklin, who did not have custody of the boy, was indicted for international parental kidnapping in Florida.

The U.S. State Department says Cuba’s communist government harbors more than 60 criminals wanted in the United States.

The highest profile fugitive that Cuba has refused to hand over is former Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur—also known as Joanne Chesimard—who was convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper.

Cuba has also refused to turn over fugitive financier Robert Vesco, who evaded U.S. authorities during decades on the run from charges he defrauded mutual fund investors of more than $200 million.

But Havana has cooperated with Washington in the war on drugs by intercepting traffickers using its territory to smuggle marijuana and cocaine into the United States.

In February, Cuba deported top Colombian drug lord Luis Hernando Gomez to Bogota where he was wanted for extradition by the United States to face trafficking charges.

Gomez, known as “Scratch” and one of the heads of the powerful Norte del Valle drug gang, was arrested at Havana airport in 2004 for entering Cuba on a forged Venezuelan passport.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 17, 2007 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    Still waiting for Cuba to return Joanne Chesimard, wanted for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.  Also, Michael Robert Finney and Charles Hill, wanted for the murder of New Mexico State Trooper Robert Rosenblum.

    For change (cambio) we can believe in.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on October 20, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    I don’t know about the others, but as for Joanne Chesinmard, I can certainly understand why Cuba refuses to hand her over.  Her guilt was never proven and in all liklihood she is innocent, which is why she escaped from jail.  Imagine a black woman in the sixties being tried in an all-white court for killing a cop.  Does anyone really think she had any chance at all at a fair trial?  If she is innocent, and I believe she is, then Cuba should be applauded for defending her.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on October 20, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    You believe she is but you have no idea. That’s pretty sad. Why doesn’t she come back and be tried now if she’s so innocent with nothing to hide?

    If you think Cuba’s legal system is more fair than the US system, you really need to get out of the US.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on May 04, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    Robert Vesco, the U.S. financier who spent decades on the run and recent years in Cuba, died of lung cancer and is now in an unmarked grave, friends said.

    The New York Times reported that records at Colon Cemetery in Havana show someone with that name was buried Nov. 24. The Times said it had seen photographs and video of a body that resembles Vesco lying in a coffin and of a man lying in a hospital bed, coughing.

    “He could have died,” said Arthur Herzog, a Vesco biographer who interviewed him in Cuba. “But Bob has used disguises in the past.”

    Vesco fled the United States in 1971 to avoid prosecution on securities fraud charges. While he never returned to the country, he got into trouble for an illegal campaign contribution to President Richard Nixon while he was living in Costa Rica.

    On the run, Vesco tended to wear out his welcome. Even in Cuba, he spent several years in jail for fraud, reportedly after bilking some of Fidel Castro’s relatives.

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