South Florida Agent Charged in Cuban Ballplayer Smuggling Case

A Florida-based sports agent who has worked for a company in a joint venture with entertainer Marc Antony's firm, has been indicted on charges involving illegal smuggling of Cuban baseball players from the communist island to the U.S.

Homeland Security Investigations spokesman Nestor Iglesias in Miami confirmed Bart Hernandez was arrested in a joint operation with the FBI. Hernandez was scheduled to make an initial court appearance later Friday.

His attorney, Daniel Rashbaum, had no immediate comment on the charges. An indictment providing additional details was expected to be unsealed Friday.

One of Hernandez's clients was Leonys Martin, a Seattle Mariners outfielder formerly with the Texas Rangers. Martin was referenced in an earlier indictment charging four people with conspiring to illegally smuggle ballplayers and other people from Cuba. Three of those people have pleaded guilty.

Hernandez has worked for Praver Shapiro Sports Management, which in November announced a joint venture with Antony's Magnus Media.

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