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Florida man who financed Yasiel Puig's flight from Cuba faces 1-year sentence

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig watches a batter hit during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig watches a batter hit during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A South Florida businessman is set to be sentenced for illegally helping finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.

Gilberto Suarez is likely looking at a prison term of up to a year at Friday's hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola. Prosecutors say Suarez has cooperated extensively in the investigation.

Investigators say Suarez was one of the Miami-based financiers of the 2012 smuggling venture in which Puig was taken by boat from Cuba to Mexico. The financiers were to receive a cut of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig later signed with the Dodgers.

Court documents show Suarez got $2.5 million from Puig's contract. He agreed to forfeit a house, a condominium and a Mercedes-Benz as part of his plea deal.

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