By Tiffany Williams –
On Tuesday, Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, 36, a Mexican national, who was residing in Singapore, pleaded guilty to acting within the United States on behalf of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General.
Fuentes, a Mexican citizen who has spent significant time in Russia acted under the direction and control of a Russian government official when he arranged for an intermediary to lease a unit in a specific residential building in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where a specified U.S. person, who had previously provided information about the Russian government to the U.S. government, resided.
Furthermore, at the direction of the same Russian official, Fuentes traveled to Miami in February 2020 to obtain the license plate number and parking location of the specified U.S. person’s car, and to provide this information to the Russian official upon his next trip to Russia.
The manner in which Fuentes communicated with the Russian government official and his undertakings in this case are consistent with the tactics of the Russian intelligence services for spotting, assessing, recruiting and handling intelligence assets and sources.
Fuentes is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, in Miami, and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison.