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LITTLE IS KNOWN about the nature and scope of white-collar crime in Cuba due to the closed nature of the communist society. However, there is considerable information on the role of American organized crime in Cuba and its association with whitecollar crime in the years preceding the Cuban Revolution.

Ties between the American underworld and pre-communist Cuba began during Prohibition (1920–33), when Cuban sugar and rum were exported by mob-controlled syndicates to the United States. Cuba was also used as an international meeting place for Mafia-linked criminals. In December 1946, the heads of the American crime families met in Havana to settle their disputes and to plan for the future. The meeting was called by two of America's most influential mobsters: Meyer Lansky and Charles ...

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