The family of an American man imprisoned in Cuba for nearly three years is suing his former Maryland employer and the United States government, saying they didn't adequately train him or disclose the risks he was undertaking by doing development work on the Communist island.
The family of 63-year-old Alan Gross sued Friday in federal court in Washington.
The lawsuit says that the economic development company Gross was working for and the U.S. government, which the company had a contract with, failed to "provide Mr. Gross with the education and training that was necessary to minimize the risk of harm to him."
Gross was tried in a Cuban court on charges of crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011. In testimony from the trial previously released, Gross he called himself a "trusting fool."
"I was duped. I was used. And my family and I have paid dearly for this," he said, though the excerpt does not say who Gross feels misled him.