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Guilty plea set in smuggling of Yasiel Puig

Gilberto Suarez previously pleaded not guilty to aiding smuggling of Dodgers star

Gilberto Suarez made his initial appearance in Miami federal court Thursday afternoon on a charge of conspiracy to introduce aliens to the U.S.

MIAMI – A guilty plea is scheduled for a South Florida businessman accused of helping to finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set a Tuesday plea change hearing for Gilberto Suarez, who had previously pleaded not guilty to an alien smuggling conspiracy charge. The charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Investigators say Suarez, 40, 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.

Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of any money Suarez got from Puig's contract, in addition to a house, a condominium, a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz.