From New York state's Lower Hudson Journal News:
Scarsdale lawyer accused of illegal business trip to Cuba
A Scarsdale lawyer and a Brooklyn man illegally traveled to Cuba on a business trip in violation of the long-standing embargo against the island's communist dictatorship, federal officials say.
Federal agents arrested Marc Verzani, 45, of Claremont Road, Scarsdale, and Adem Arici, 49, of Brooklyn, Thursday and charged them with conspiring to violate the federal Trading With the Enemy Act and trying to cover up the trip to Cuba.
On the five-day business trip in September, Verzani consulted with Arici on Arici's existing business ventures, federal agents said.
"He counseled Arici about business matters, inspected Arici's business and real estate investments and looked at properties for potential purchase," Department of Homeland Security Agent Raymond DiPillo said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in White Plains. Verzani and Arici are accused of spending money while in Cuba, which is a violation of U.S. law [...]
Verzani and the unidentified third party stayed in Cuba five days, federal agents said.
Verzani lied on declaration papers upon reentering the United States, claiming he had only been to Mexico on the trip, DiPillo said.
Arici, a naturalized U.S. citizen, has invested millions of dollars in Cuba, federal agents said.
Verzani lied about his trip to Cuba during an Oct. 11 hearing in federal court regarding a separate matter, according to the complaint.
Verzani faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Arici faces up to 15 years.
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