This is really something to behold: an allegation from the University of Miami’s Cuba Transition Project that the Cuban government is to blame for Miami’s status as the Medicare fraud capital of the United States.
“Possibly,” the paper states, this constitutes “economic warfare on the United States.”
Possibly it’s something else too, but why hold back?
What it most definitely is, is vague. What with the paper’s many qualifiers and anonymous sources who don’t make specific charges, we are left wondering just how Cuba has “found ways to capitalize on large-scale Medicare fraud.”
As for the lack of an extradition treaty, that’s technically untrue. We have a century-old treaty that has been in disuse for a half-century, and we have occasional ad hoc arrangements where Cuba renders fugitives to the United States. Given the state of relations and U.S. distrust of the Cuban judicial system, it’s probably out of the question to expect a normal extradition arrangement. Such a pact would involve a presumption that both governments would deliver fugitives to each other, something to which the University of Miami would surely object.