The Flagrant Trafficking of Stolen Property in Cuba

Friday, June 19, 2015
During a hearing yesterday in the House Foreign Affairs Committee entitled, "The Future of Property Rights in Cuba," we learned:

-- How the State Department is paying the Castro regime for the use of property that was stolen from a certified U.S. claimant.

-- How foreign companies doing business in the U.S. are trafficking in properties stolen from Americans in Cuba.

-- How the Castro regime commercializes stolen U.S. property to American travelers.

This is reprehensible on some many levels.

Excerpt from Dr. Javier Garcia Bengochea's (a certified U.S. claimant) Congressional testimony:

"Americans assume when they invest in Cuba clear title and basic protections will be in place.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Contract sanctity, an independent judiciary and transparent regulatory and enforcement agencies do not exist there.

Every American enterprise in Cuba, including tourism, will necessarily traffic in stolen properties, including brands and trademarks, maybe those of an American.

That has certainly been my experience. The State Department, for example, has occupied a penthouse apartment since 1977 in a building I own without my permission, much less payment.

At least two groups, Smith College and The Met, have received licenses to traffic in my port property.

Countless licensed travelers have paid admission to Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts to view paintings stolen off the walls of our home.

Foreign entities Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and China Harbor Engineering Company do business in the U.S. while using my stolen port.

How is that right or even legal?"