Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ex-Bush aide charged with theft from Cuba group

The Associated Press

11/25/2008 2:00 p.m.

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to President Bush has been charged with theft from a government-funded center that promotes democracy in Cuba.

The single count of theft of $5,000 or more from a federally aided program was filed in U.S. District Court here last Thursday against Felipe E. Sixto, who resigned on March 28 from his job as special assistant to President George W. Bush for intergovernmental affairs.

The charge was filed as a criminal information, which means Sixto waived his right to have a grand jury decide if the government has enough evidence to charge him and usually also means the defendant intends to plead guilty as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Mr. Sixto is a former employee of the Center for a Free Cuba. The group is headquartered in Miami and is headed by Frank Calzon. The organization has received more than two million dollars in the past.

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