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Alan Gross talking on the phone with President Barack Obama, 2014
|Born||Alan Phillip Gross
May 2, 1949
|Penalty||15 years in prison for importing banned technology with the intent of establishing clandestine Internet service|
|Occupation||United States government contractor employed by U.S. Agency for International Development|
Alan Phillip Gross (born May 2, 1949) is an American international development professional.
In December 2009, he was arrested while in Cuba working as a U.S. government subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of a program funded under the 1996 Helms-Burton Act. He was prosecuted in 2011 after being accused of crimes against the Cuban state for bringing satellite phones and computer equipment (to members of Cuba’s Jewish community) without the permit required under Cuban law.
After being accused of working for American intelligence services in January 2010, he was ultimately convicted for “acts against the independence or the territorial integrity of the state" in March 2011. He was released from Cuban prison on December 17, 2014.
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