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109TH YEAR, NO. 322 ©2012

BROWARD & KEYS EDITION

MICCOSUKEE TRIBE

PORT TUNNEL MILESTONE

IRS steps up probe of tribe’s gambling profits ■ The Miccosukee Tribe in West Miami-Dade faces more scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service, which is seeking to recover potentially tens of millions of dollars. BY JAY WEAVER jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

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Tunnel-boring worker Ludovic Demarle pumps his fist as he pops out from behind the large blade used to excavate the new PortMiami tunnel. The giant machine digging under Government Cut to the port completed half of the project Tuesday, eight months after the digging began. Now the giant borer will be taken apart and turned around to dig its way back to Watson Island. Story, 3B. See more photos at MiamiHerald.com/photos

MIAMI-DADE POLITICS

Absentee ballot-fraud probe widens ■ Investigators have found as many as 31 absentee ballots that were collected by a suspected ballot broker, and are questioning the voters who cast them.

absentee ballots collected by a suspected ballot broker in two shiaasen@MiamiHerald.com separate instances last week, acInvestigators looking into cording to sources familiar with possible vote fraud in Hialeah the expanding probe. are now examining at least 31 Last week, Miami-Dade deBY SCOTT HIAASEN AND PATRICIA MAZZEI

tectives questioned a Hialeah woman named Daisy Cabrera, who was found in possession of at least a dozen absentee ballots belonging to other voters. Detectives have also learned of another instance in which Cabrera collected ballots from voters, the sources said. In all, 31 ballots have been

segregated at the Miami-Dade elections department, where the ballots are set aside along with their envelopes bearing the names and addresses of the voters who cast the ballots. Miami-Dade detectives have interviewed many of those voters ov-

• TURN TO BALLOTS, 10A

SUPREME COURT

TRADEMARKS | HAVANA CLUB

Secret deal hid Trump developer’s crimes

BATTLE OVER RUM’S NAME NOT OVER YET

■ Investors in a failed $200 million condo-hotel deal in Fort Lauderdale weren’t told of a key developer’s criminal history. The courts kept it a secret. BY MICHAEL SALLAH

■ Litigation between Bacardi and Cuba over the use of the Havana Club trademark in the U.S. market has ended, but Cuba still is trying to hold on to the name.

• TURN TO LEGAL BATTLE, 2A CUBA

Cuba: Spanish politician may be charged in Payá’s death ■ The Swedish man who survived the crash that claimed the lives of dissidents Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero returned home. His Spanish colleague remained to face a possible homicide charge.

BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

ONCE-CELEBRATED: The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Fort Lauderdale.

msallah@MiamiHerald.com

Dozens of explosive records released by the U.S. Supreme Court show a developer of the failed Trump tower in Fort Lauderdale helped put away dangerous Mafia soldiers — while prosecutors struck a secret deal to conceal his charges in a major scam with mob members. As he was awaiting sentencing in the $40 million stock swindle, Felix Sater and others were convincing investors to

the Havana Club name, even though it can’t currently sell It seemed like it was last the rum in the U.S. market. call on Bacardi’s nearly twoBacardi has won a string decade fight with French of U.S. court victories spirits maker Pernod Riagainst Cubaexport, the card and Cuba over the latest the Supreme use of the Havana Club Court’s May 14 decision rum trademark in the against reviewing the American market a few case, setting the stage for months ago when the the U.S. Patent and U.S. Supreme Court Trademark Office to declined to intervene cancel Cuba’s right to in the trademark the U.S. trademark. clash. But Cubaexport’s atWhile the litigation torneys have filed a peis over, Cubaexport, tition with the tradePernod Ricard’s Cumark office, saying the ban partner in the distrademark registration tribution of the iscan’t be revoked and land’s most iconic remains “frozen while rum, is still trying to • TURN TO BRAND, 2A hold on to the right to

The Internal Revenue Service has escalated its investigation into the Miccosukee Indians’ finances, demanding that the West Miami-Dade tribe hand over a mountain of internal records showing millions in allegedly unreported payments from its gambling profits to tribal members. The IRS’ sweeping new action, which the Miccosukees are trying to stop in Miami federal court, seeks internal documents of the tribe’s gaming distributions during 2006-2010 as well as its council meeting records on tax matters from as far back as 1985. The agency is demanding a long list of documents — from Miccosukee disbursement statements to check register reports, plus any tax advice from tribal lawyers and accountants. It’s part of an aggressive push to recover potentially tens of millions of dollars in back income

pour millions into the Trump resort, which later collapsed amid allegations of widespread fraud. The documents provide a rare glimpse of the deal reached by New York federal prosecutors that’s now being criticized by Trump deal investors who say they had a right to know Sater’s background before invest-

• TURN TO DEVELOPER, 2A

BY JUAN O. TAMAYO jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

A Spanish politician has been declared officially under investigation for vehicular homicide in the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, the newspaper Granma reported Tuesday. A Swedish man injured in the crash was allowed to leave the island and returned home. The two announcements came as Spain’s PAYA conservative government prepared for a diplomatic crisis with Cuba and eventually a possible swap for the jailed Spaniard, according to the El País newspaper in Madrid. Granma reported that Angel Carromero of Spain was being held in “provision-

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LOCAL & STATE, 1B

BUSINESS, 8B

TROPICAL LIFE, 1E

OFFICER SHOT, SUSPECT DEAD

BYE, BANKATLANTIC — HELLO, BB&T

DRESSMAKER OF VISION

UNDERCOVER DADE COPS AT SUSPECTED MARIJUANA GROW HOUSE IN GUN BATTLE

NORTH CAROLINA FINANCIAL INSTITUTION BUYS FORT LAUDERDALE-BASED BANK

WORK OF RENÉ RUIZ, WHO HAS A GABLES STORE, SELLS WORLDWIDE

INDEX CLASSIFIED, 11-14D |

COMICS, 5E | CROSSWORD, 4E | DEATHS, 4B | EDITORIALS, 12A | LOTTERY, 2B | MOVIES, 3E | PEOPLE, 8A | TELEVISION, 3E

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