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 Cuban-American Organized Crime, Boss Jose Miguel Battle Sr
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Posted: May 7 2006, 09:23 AM


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'Godfather' of Cuban-American mafia pleads guilty in federal trial

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Posted May 6 2006, 11:34 AM EDT

MIAMI -- The man known as the godfather of the Cuban-American mafia pleaded guilty during his federal racketeering trial because of declining health.

Jose Miguel Battle Sr., 76, could face sentencing in late summer for serving as the boss of ``The Corporation,'' a crime ring that operated in New York, Florida and Latin America over four decades.

But Battle suffers from kidney and liver failure, diabetes and cardiac problems, and his lawyer says he's very sick. Battle faces from 20 years to life in prison for racketeering conspiracy if he's ever sentenced.

``This way, he can die at home rather than in jail,'' said Jack Blumenfeld, Battle's attorney.

Battle, his son and four other defendants were accused of five murders, four arson attacks resulting in eight deaths, and more than $1.5 billion collected from drug trafficking, bookmaking and numbers rackets.

Nicknamed ``El Padrino'' _ Spanish for ``The Godfather'' _ Battle was indicted with 24 other people in 2004, and began his trial in March. The prosecution of the remaining five co-defendants is expected to end in June.

Thirteen of Battle's accused associates already had pleaded guilty, and six others face trial.

Battle is set to be released on a $1 million personal surety bond. He plans to live with a brother in the Miami area, his lawyer said.


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Feds take on Cuban 'godfather'
By Chris Summers
BBC News Online


A former Cuban policeman, who was captured by Fidel Castro's soldiers at the Bay of Pigs, is facing trial in Florida accused of heading a multi-million dollar organised crime network known as The Corporation. But is Jose Miguel Battle Snr really El Padrino (The Godfather) or just a sick old man?
A former policeman in Batista's Cuba, Jose Miguel Battle Snr fled the island when Fidel Castro's revolutionaries swept to power in 1959.


Like tens of thousands of other Cubans, he washed up in Florida. But unlike the majority who toiled hard doing honest work to support themselves and their families, he turned almost immediately to crime.
In 1961 he took part in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. He was captured and spent nearly two years in a Cuban prison.

After his release, he came back to the US, but this time, he decided to try New Jersey. He muscled in on various vices, including a strip joint in Union City and illegal gambling on cockfighting.

But he made the bulk of his wealth from an illegal lottery racket known as "bolita" (little ball), which was popular among expatriate Cubans and Puerto Ricans.

His network, known as La Corporacion (The Corporation), was making up to $45m a year in the 1970s from bolita in New Jersey, New York and Florida.


These are the top players of this corporation. It is an illegal corporation that made a lot of money
Carlos Alvarez
Miami-Dade County Police Director

Battle overcame challenges from several Cuban and Puerto Rican gangs to become top dog.

His reputation was such that he was known among the Cuban-American community as El Padrino, The Godfather.

Battle was convicted in 1977 in connection with the death of one of La Corporacion's hitmen, Ernestico Torres, who was murdered in the Miami suburb of Opa-Locka.

Conviction overturned

But an appeals court overturned his 30-year jail sentence.

In the early 1980s La Corporacion fought a bloody war with the Luccheses, one of New York's five mafia families, over the numbers racket.

In the early 1990s, as many of his associates were indicted, Battle fled to Peru, where he started up a hotel and casino complex - mainly to launder dirty money - and bigamously married a woman 40 years his junior.


Last month Battle, now 74, his son and 19 others were arrested during a massive operation in Florida and New Jersey. Four others were named as fugitives.
His son Jose Miguel Jnr, 51, was arrested on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean and taken to Florida by the US Coastguard.

The Corporation were targeted by the combined might of the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Admininistration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Miami-Dade County Police Department.

$1.5bn in assets

The authorities are trying to seize $1.5bn in assets.

Miami-Dade County Police Director Carlos Alvarez said: "These are the top players of this corporation. It is an illegal corporation that made a lot of money."

He may now be a doddering geriatric, but the authorities claim he has been responsible for numerous contract killings, drug deals and fire-bombings.

The old man, who now lives on a fruit farm near Miami, was arrested at a supermarket near his home.

Battle Snr, now in a wheelchair and in need of regular kidney dialysis, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges dating back as far as 1964.

'He is no John Gotti'

His lawyer, Jack Blumenfeld, said his client suffered from liver disease, lung problems, diabetes and hypertension.

He told BBC News Online: "He is in the last few years of his life. He had his gall bladder out just a few days before he was arrested. But when the police had their press conference, they made it look like it was a big deal and it was John Gotti all over again."

Mr Blumenfeld said: "Some of the things they are talking about he has already been acquitted of, like Ernestico Torres."


He is a sick old man and most of these allegations have been around for 40 years. There is nothing new in this indictment. I don't know what the point of this is now, it's some sort of vendetta
Jack Blumenfeld
Battle Snr's lawyer

He said one man, described by the Feds as Battle Snr's "enforcer and bodyguard", was simply a "little old man who took care of the fruit trees on his estate".
Mr Blumenfeld said Battle Snr had run a numbers racket in New Jersey many years ago, but bolita had gone into decline when state lotteries were introduced.

He said his client had retired from the rackets at least 20 years ago.

'He retired years ago'

"He moved to Florida to a fruit farm, where he raised fighting cocks for Louisiana and Puerto Rico (where the sport is legal). He has had no involvement in crime for the last 22 years," said Mr Blumenfeld.


He claimed the government had been trying for years to find "snitches" who would be willing to testify against Battle Snr.
Mr Blumenfeld said he was not representing Battle Jnr, but he understood he also denied any wrongdoing. "He is a businessman," he said.

As for the old man, Mr Blumenfeld said he needed kidney dialysis three times a week and he added: "Now that he is in custody, it's the US Government which is paying for that. This whole case is such a waste of money."

He told BBC News Online: "He is a sick old man and most of these allegations have been around for 40 years. There is nothing new in this indictment. I don't know what the point of this is now, it's some sort of vendetta."



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Posted: Jul 31 2006, 02:22 AM


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Copyright 2006 South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)

Distributed by Knight/Ridder Tribune News Service

July 27, 2006 Thursday

SECTION: STATE AND REGIONAL NEWS

ACC-NO: 20060727-FL-0727-Cuban-Mafia-tale-comes-to-end-with-leaders-convictions

LENGTH: 664 words

HEADLINE: 'Cuban Mafia' tale comes to end with leaders' convictions

BYLINE: Akilah Johnson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Jul. 27--The story of the "Cuban Mafia" has all the elements of a cinema thriller: an aging kingpin transfers the power of his criminal empire to his son and a loyal follower, only to watch his dynasty fall when federal agents arrest him and his soldiers and seize millions of dollars in assets.

But this tale of a 40-year-old crime syndicate built on illegal gambling and numbers running that turned into a murderous outfit with a penchant for arson is real, and a hit man and two leading members were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, including murder, gambling, arson and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Jose Miguel Battle Jr., 53 -- son of the so-called godfather, or padrino -- and Manuel Marquez, 61, were top-tier members of "the Corporation" or "Cuban Mafia," acting as its head when the padrino was out of the country or in jail, federal prosecutors said. Julio Acuna, 66, was a hit man who enforced the Corporation's rules, prosecutors said.

A Miami jury convicted them Friday and they are scheduled to be sentenced in September. Acuna faces life in prison; Marquez and Battle Jr. face up to 20 years behind bars.

On Tuesday, the jury ordered the three men and 22 others associated with the criminal enterprise to forfeit $1.4 billion, of which more than $20 million has already been seized, prosecutors said.

"Justice has been done in this case," U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta said Wednesday in a news release.

The Corporation started in 1964, several years after Jose Miguel Battle Sr. -- the padrino -- left Cuba. Authorities have likened the Bay of Pigs veteran to Al Capone, saying he fought criminal competitors with contract killings and firebombings.

Battle Jr., Marquez and Acuna were born in Cuba, eventually coming to the United States and settling in the New York/New Jersey area before moving to Miami in the 1980s, prosecutors said.

The organization, made up of lieutenants, soldiers, bosses, bankers and enforcers, was crippled in March 2004 when agents froze millions in assets and arrested nearly two dozen Corporation members, including the padrino, who raised fruit trees on his $1.5 million south Miami-Dade estate.

Battle Sr., 76, who suffers from kidney and liver failure, diabetes and cardiac problems, pleaded guilty during his racketeering trial in May.

The Corporation operated globally, conducting illegal activities in South Florida, the New York/New Jersey area, the Caribbean, Europe and Central and South America, according to court documents.

From the start, the documents say the Corporation ran various gambling outfits. Then in 1970, the organization got into the drug game, moving marijuana and cocaine into the United States until about 1992, officials say.

The Corporation started laundering its money through puppet companies or sham businesses in 1988, according to court documents. One such venture, authorities say, was the Crillon, a casino and hotel complex in Lima, Peru.

"The Corporation preserved and protected its power, territory, operations and profits through the use of violence and destruction," the federal indictment said.

Battle Jr., Marquez and Acuna were found guilty of eight murders and seven arsons that resulted in deaths. One murder -- the death of Ernesto Torres -- occurred in Opa-Locka during the 1970s, prosecutors said. The man who killed Torres turned on the Corporation and was gunned down, prosecutors said. In another murder outside Florida, a hit man took out a Corporation rival in a hospital by dressing up as a nurse. The arsons took place in New York, including one that killed a 3-year-old.


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Head of mob group gets 20-year sentence
By JAY WEAVER
jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

Jose Miguel Battle Sr., the ailing padrino of the Cuban mob, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a racketeering conviction in Miami federal court.

Another defendant, Julio Acuña, received life imprisonment. The sentences were handed down Friday.

Battle's son, Jose Miguel Battle Jr., faces sentencing in March.

The elder Battle was the boss of ''The Corporation,'' a Cuban-American crime syndicate that stretched from Florida to New York to Latin America.

In the federal conspiracy case, Battle, his son, Acuña, and three other defendants were accused of five premeditated murders, four arson attacks resulting in eight deaths, and more than $1.5 billion collected during four decades of illicit activity -- including drug trafficking, illegal bookmaking and bolita numbers rackets. Battle's organization began in New York in the mid-1960s with illegal gambling, including the bolita, or ''little ball,'' lotteries popular in Cuba.

The Corporation used arson and murder to intimidate or eliminate rivals and other threats, such as witnesses willing to testify against the organization, according to federal prosecutor Tony Gonzalez.
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'Cuban mafia' chieftain sentenced in Miami
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MIAMI, USA (Reuters): A leader of a "Cuban mafia" organized crime syndicate called The Corporation was sentenced on Friday to nearly 16 years in prison for racketeering and ordered to forfeit $642 million.

Jose Miguel Battle Jr. was convicted last year on various racketeering conspiracy charges including murder, gambling, arson and money laundering.

Battle Jr. is the son and namesake of the "Godfather" of a 40-year-old organization prosecutors likened to a Cuban mafia, and substituted as head of the crime family when his father was out of the country or in jail.

The elder Battle built the syndicate on illegal gambling in New York in the early 1960s after leaving Cuba, prosecutors said. It later branched out to south Florida -- a Cuban population center from those who fled the Cuban revolution -- and into drugs, contract killing, arson and money laundering.

Battle Sr. was sentenced in January to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy last year.

Prosecutors said The Corporation was responsible for numerous murders, including those of a 3-year-old child killed in a fire and an ex-hit man who was gunned down in the 1970s after leaving the syndicate.

The younger Battle, who was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison, oversaw sophisticated money laundering operations in the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Spain and other locations, prosecutors said.



JOSE BATTLE JR. SENTENCED TO 188 MONTHS; $642 MILLION FORFEITURE JUDGMENT ENTERED
March 16, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Charles E. Hunter, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, Miami Field Office, and Edgar Moreno, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, announced that defendant Jose Miguel Battle, Jr., a leader in “The Corporation” (“the Corporation”), a large organized crime syndicate, was sentenced today to 188 months in prison following his conviction on various racketeering charges. As part of the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Alan S. Gold ordered the forfeiture of $642 million.

Battle, Jr. is the son of Jose Miguel Battel, Sr., the Corporation’s undisputed head, who was named by the President’s Commission on Organized Crime as “The Cuban Godfather.” The evidence at trial established that the Corporation conducted extensive illegal gambling operations through the use of violence and intimidation, including the commission of multiple murders. These murders included the death of a 3 year-old child who was killed in a fire, the death of a former Corporation hit man who was gunned down in the 1970's after turning against the Corporation, and a Corporation rival who was killed in a hospital by an assassin disguised as a nurse. These murders were authorized and committed by members of the Corporation in furtherance of their racketeering conspiracy. Battle, Jr. oversaw sophisticated money laundering schemes in various domestic and foreign locations, including Peru, Spain, Panama, Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, Curaçoa, the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands.

Mr. Acosta commended the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, the Office of the District Attorney for Kings County, New York, the Broward and Monroe County Sheriffs Offices, and the Miami Dade Police Department, for their work in this Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case. The sentencing was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Tony Gonzalez and David Haimes of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Alison Lehr of the Asset Forfeiture Section, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia McNeill of the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.
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Reputed head of Hispanic mob dies before government could send him to prison

MIAMI

Jose Miguel Battle Sr., who authorities alleged was the godfather of one of the country's largest Hispanic organized crime groups, has died. He was 77.

Battle died Friday at a medical facility in South Carolina, his attorney, Jack R. Blumenfeld said Sunday. Battle was at the facility for kidney dialysis, Blumenfeld said.

Blumenfeld said an autopsy was not conducted and he was not sure what the exact cause of death was, but said Battle had long struggled with his health.

"He had a myriad of problems," he said.

Battle pleaded guilty during his federal racketeering trial in 2006 because of his health problems. He had been released on a $1 million bond and was awaiting a spot in a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility that could handle his medical needs, Blumenfeld said.


Authorities believe Battle served as the boss of "The Corporation," a crime ring that authorities said operated in New York, Florida and Latin America.

Battle and five others were accused of committing five murders, four arson attacks resulting in eight deaths, and more than $1.5 billion collected from drug trafficking, bookmaking and numbers rackets.


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Cancun under Cuban-American and Russian Mafia Control

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 18 (acn) A business leader denounced the Cuban-American and Russian mafia control of the Caribbean tourist area of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, in Southeast Mexico.

The vice-president of the Employers' Confederation of the Mexican Republic (COPARMEX), Rogelio Sierra, said that the Cuban-American mafia controls human trafficking and is linked to the Zetas, a group of locally hired assassins, reported the Granma newspaper today.

The entrepreneur affirmed that Russian organized crime groups are focused on the trafficking of women and prostitution, although they also deal in drug trafficking.

Likewise, he held that there are groups of the "Korean mafia" that control street dealers and the "entry of smuggled goods, which is spreading throughout the country."

Sierra denounced "the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few and the creation of a wide poverty sector," which, in his opinion, has become "a breeding ground for crime."

He proposed the parties to put their interests aside and join the struggle against crime.

http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2008/0818controlancancun.htm


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I heard that the Coporation has a lot of muscle like a few thousand men, is that true?
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Organized crime figures lose appeals


The Associated Press


ATLANTA -- Two leaders of an organized crime enterprise known as "the Corporation" or "Cuban Mafia" have failed in bids to overturn lengthy prison terms and forfeiture of more than $2 billion.

Jose Miguel Battle Jr. was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $642 million, and Julio Acuna got life and a $1.4 billion judgment after they were convicted of racketeering July 20, 2006 in Miami.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions and sentences of the Miami men on Friday.

Prosecutors said the criminal activities included gambling, drugs and money laundering in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Battle's father, the reputed boss, died in August 2007 at 77 while awaiting prison.


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