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Florida professor and wife charged as Cuban spies

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MIAMI (AP) — A Florida college professor and his wife, a university administrator, were accused in federal court Monday of using their academic positions for decades as cover to spy on Americans for Cuba's communist government.

Carlos Alvarez, 61, a psychology professor at Florida International University, and Elsa Alvarez, 55, used an encryption system to communicate with their handlers via short-wave radio and carried messages to and from Cuba, said federal prosecutor Brian Frazier.

"These were highly placed and very well-regarded operatives in the United States," Frazier said.

The couple were charged with acting as agents of Fidel Castro without registering with the U.S. government.