Crime & Justice

Guilty plea set in smuggling of Dodgers' Puig

File: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout prior to Game Four of the National League Divison Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Oct. 7, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. A guilty plea is scheduled for a South Florida businessman accused of helping to finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.
File: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout prior to Game Four of the National League Divison Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Oct. 7, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. A guilty plea is scheduled for a South Florida businessman accused of helping to finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.
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A guilty plea is scheduled for a South Florida businessman accused of helping to finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set a Tuesday plea change hearing for 40-year-old Gilberto Suarez, who had previously pleaded not guilty to an alien smuggling conspiracy charge. The charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Investigators say Suarez was one of the Miami-based financiers of the 2012 smuggling venture in which Puig was taken by boat from Cuba to Mexico. The financiers were to receive a cut of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig later signed with the Dodgers.

Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of any money Suarez got from Puig's contract, in addition to a house, a condominium, a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz.