Closing arguments in cash suitcase trial

By: Curt Anderson Email
By: Curt Anderson Email

MIAMI (AP) - Prosecutors and defense lawyers are wrapping up the
eight-week trial of a Venezuelan businessman accused of acting as
an illegal foreign agent in the U.S.

Closing arguments were set Thursday in the case of 41-year-old
Franklin Duran. Duran faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted
of conspiracy and being an illegal Venezuelan agent.

Prosecutors say Duran and others came to Miami last year to
cover up the source of a suitcase filled with $800,000 carried from
Venezuela to Argentina. The money was purportedly intended for the
campaign of new Argentine President Cristina Fernandez.

Duran's lawyer says he sought the U.S. only to help a friend
embroiled in a Latin American political scandal. Duran also claims
he was wrongly entrapped by the FBI.

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