NOW OR NEVER WITH ANA MARGARITA MARTINEZ 3/11/2013

MARGARITA

Ana Margarita Martinez

Ana Margarita Martinez was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as a child. She was a divorced mother of two young children in suburban Miami when she was courted and wed by a Cuban spy. This is a story of love and betrayal, espionage and murder.

Biography

Ana Margarita Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States at the age of six with her mother and grandmother in 1966 during the Freedom Flights Exodus. She was just another Cuban-American working mother and wife when her entire world crashed in 1996 after her husband turned up in Cuba just two days after the Cuban government shot down two civilian planes and 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 her had been part of his cover – and a sham, making Ana Margarita and her children a part of the machiavellic espionage plan. She was suddenly thrust into the public limelight and consequently became active in the Cuban pro-democracy cause and politics. Her marriage to Roque was annulled in a civil court of law.

Three years after Roque returned to Cuba, Ana Margarita won two judgments against the Cuban government – $7,175 million in personal damages and $20 million in punitive damages, for the rogue 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 such programs as ABC’s 20/20; Good Morning America, CBS’s 60 Minutes; Inside Edition; The Leeza Gibbons Show; Court TV; Univision Network’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.

In February of 2010, lawyers for Ana Margarita filed motions to garnish eight charter companies that do business with the Cuban government in order to collect the legal debt ordered by a circuit court judge. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in court in defense of the Cuban government.

Ana Margarita still lives in a Miami suburb, but in a different home. She lives close to her daughter and ten-year-old grandson (her son lives out of state) and works as a public relations consultant, specializing in Hispanic media and outreach as well as English-language marketing. There is a book about her story in Spanish that only scratches the surface. A feature film and a fuller, deeper book are in the works.

Story featured following publications:

Time Magazine

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

 

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