Florida jury to begin cash suitcase deliberations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - After an eight-week trial, a jury in Miami is ready
to begin deciding the guilt or innocence of a Venezuelan
businessman accused of violating U.S. law to cover up a Latin
American political scandal.

Friday, jurors are to begin deliberations Friday after closing arguments
are completed in the case of 41-year-old Franklin Duran, who is accused of conspiracy and acting as an illegal Venezuelan agent in
the U.S.

According to Prosecutors, Duran and others came to Miami last year to
conceal the source of a suitcase stuffed with $800,000 in Venezuelan cash that was discovered in Argentina.

The money was supposedly a gift to the campaign of Argentina's new president Cristinia Fernandez.

Duran claims he was never a Venezuelan agent. He faces up to 15
years in prison.

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