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U.S. Government Seeks to Block Cuban Spy's Ex-Wife Attempt to Collect Judgment

It's official. The Associated Press reports the U.S. Department of Justice is opposing Ana Margarita Martinez's attempt to make charter companies that book flights from here to Cuba pay a $27 million judgment she won against the Cuban government.

In submitting its opposition motion in Miami federal court, the DOJ declared U.S.-Cuba flights a vital national interest. Ana Margarita won the judgment in 2001 after claiming double agent Juan Pablo Roque tricked her into marrying him as part of his cover to infiltrate Miami's Cuban exile community.

New Times profiled Ana Margarita's tale in this week's feature cover story, which details her life before meeting Roque and the theraputic measures she has undergone to recover from her trauma.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.