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Posted November 18, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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A man who was a fugitive for more than 40 years has been sentenced in Tampa to one year and one day for jumping bail.

A federal judge has ruled that Joseph Adjmi can serve that punishment concurrent with the 10-year prison sentence for mail fraud that he never served. Adjmi was convicted and sentenced in 1963 but disappeared before serving his sentence.

Last year, Cuban officials alerted their U.S. counterparts that Adjmi was in their custody for fraud-related crimes he’d allegedly committed on the island. They intended to expel him upon his release and asked the United States to take him.

The 71-year-old was part of a family that sold fake art in Miami, claiming it was real and then bilking insurance companies by reporting the pieces destroyed in a fire. Adjmi, along with his father and brother, were accused of using the postal service to obtain fraudulent insurance payments.

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