Sentence delayed in Venezuelan suitcase scandal
Sentencing in Miami is off until March for a wealthy Venezuelan convicted of being an illegal foreign agent in a political cash suitcase scandal.
The lawyer for 41-year-old Franklin Duran on Monday raised objections about Duran's role in the case. The outcome of the objections could affect the prison security level where Duran ultimately does his time. Sentencing is now March 16.
Prosecutors said Duran and three other South Americans came to the U.S. in 2007 to cover up the source and destination of a suitcase stuffed with $800,000 discovered in Argentina. Testimony indicated the money was from Venezuela to the campaign of Argentina's new president.