It is finally over. I could not talk about this before but a bit over a year ago my uncle was wrongly accused of helping embezzle over 16 million dollars in Miami. He was pulled out of his home at six in the morning and thrown in jail; evidence being some wealthy guy claimed he was part of it so they could get let off.
His bail was $800,000 and my entire family and even friends put up their houses, cars, and basically everything they owned. My grandmother put in her life saving from working at multiple textile factories in Florida where she was paid less than $1 an hour for 16-hour days and now has uninsured respiratory issues from the formaldehyde. My grandfather worked on a cargo ship where he was mostly paid in losing toes. All those years and they had lost it all thanks to corruption.
“Journalists” were constantly following and harassing my family throughout this entire year. CBS lobbied to keep my uncle in jail for their story and even alluded to my uncle being in the mafia simply because he is from Cuba. They also wrote an article about my uncle being the brother in law of the launderer which is completely false. In court, I had to watch prosecutors yell at and belittle my grandmother in an attempt to get something out of her in a language she doesn’t even know. Today he was found not guilty on all charges and there are articles floating around about him being found guilty. We don’t care anymore.
I am so overjoyed about this I don’t even know what to do with myself. I am immeasurably grateful to everyone that was there for my family. We didn’t even tell people but those who knew my uncle and heard about it on the news never questioned his innocence and helped us. Even our family in Cuba sent everything they had having only heard about it. The courtrooms were always full of people supporting us and I wish I was better at expressing myself but I can hardly type now. Most of you probably don’t care but I thought I would share one of the happiest moments of my life.