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Ana Margarita Martinez was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as a child. She was a divorced mother of two in suburban Miami when she was courted and wed a Cuban spy. She was just another Cuban-American working mother and wife when her world crashed in 1996 after her husband turned up in Cuba days after the Cuban government shot down two civilian planes, killing four volunteer pilots and co-pilots in a Brothers to the Rescue search and rescue mission – an organization of which her husband, a Cuban MiG pilot who had reportedly defected from Cuba, had been a member. Juan Pablo Roque’s marriage to Ana Margarita had been a sham, making Ana Margarita and her children a part of his espionage plan. She was suddenly thrust into the public limelight and consequently became active in the Cuban pro-democracy cause and politics. Years after Roque returned to Cuba, Ana Margarita won two substantial judgments against the Cuban government, millions of dollars in personal and in punitive damages, for Roque’s government’s role in the fraud. The debt is still unpaid. In her personal battle against the Cuban government, Ana Margarita has seized three Cuban airplanes that have arrived at U.S. territory as partial payment to her judgment. Her story has circulated the globe on TV programs such as ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, CBS’s 60 Minutes, Inside Edition,The Leeza Gibbons Show, Court TV, Univision’s “Aqui y Ahora” and many more, as well as in articles published in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, The London Guardian, People Magazine, Discovery ID and Lifetime Television, just to name a few. Today, Ana Margarita works as a public relations consultant and still lives in a Miami close to her daughter and grandson, her son lives out of state. Tune in and listen to Ana Margarita’s own account, how she has survived and living her best life now.
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