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The School: Florida International University The Scandal: F(Spy)U

Ooh Cuban spies, masquerading as wealthy, well-connected and highly educated college professors? Is this the latest episode of The Americans? Or Homeland? Or Bob's Burgers? Wrong on all three accounts. This is something called real life. For three decades, FIU couple Carlos and Elsa Alvarez spied on Miami's Cuban community while earning advanced degrees and joining FIU's academic staff. The sneaky duo used complicated sounding "spy" gadgets like computers and short-wave radios to transmit intelligence to Cuba. In 2007, Carlos Alvarez received a five-year prison sentence on conspiracy charges and his wife was handed 3.5 years for harboring her husband's secret activities.

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