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The wild ups and downs of an alleged Medicare scammer

Miami Herald, June 25, 2012

A couple of years before being accused of laundering millions of dollars stolen from Medicare that ended up in the Cuban banking system, Oscar Lázaro Sánchez had transformed himself into a prosperous real estate investor with a dozen properties in Florida's west coast. None of his tenants had any idea that the 46-year-old man who visited every month to collect the rent in cash had been arrested a week before in connection with a massive bank transfer to Cuba of about $31 million. This is only a part of the trajectory of Sánchez, who came to the United States in the 1980 migratory wave of the Mariel boatlift.