Baseball agent charged with smuggling Cubans

Baseball Bart Hernandez, a baseball agent from South Florida, was indicted Friday on charges of alien smuggling by a federal grand jury in Miami, per multiple r

eports.Hernandez works for the company that singer Marc Anthony partnered with, according to Yahoo Sports, and represents a lot of Cuban free agents. Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin is a player mentioned as one Hernandez smuggled to America, along with Jose Abreu (White Sox), Adeiny Hechavarria (Marlins), and Jorge Soler (Cubs). PHOTOS: Cuban players in | Baseball's all-time best Latino playersHere's more information, per ESPN: According to the indictment, Hernandez conspired with two already-convicted Cuban alien smugglers, Eliezer Lazo and Joel Martinez Hernandez (no relation), to bring a Cuban national identified in the indictment by the initials "L.M.T." into the United States illegally. Those initials stand for Leonys Martin Tapanes, Martin's full Spanish name, several people close to the case told ESPN.According to the Miami Herald, the U.S. Attorney’s Office wants to recover $1.5 million from Hernandez and his company, Global Sports Management. The money they are seeking to recover comes from the profits Hernandez made off the contract of Martin and other professional ballplayers from Cuba.Yahoo reports Hernandez will appear in a Miami court on Friday.

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