United States: U.S. charges former Venezuelan treasurer, husband with accepting bribes

The Justice Department has charged a former Venezuelan treasurer and her husband for accepting bribes from a businessman seeking to make hundreds of millions of dollars by taking advantage of Venezuela’s foreign currency exchange.

The indictment field Tuesday but announced Wednesday charges Claudia Patricia Diaz Guillen, 47, and her spouse, Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa, 41, with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of money laundering.

According to the court document, Diaz and Velasquez, who now resides in Madrid, Spain, accepted million in bribes from Raul Gorrin Belisario as part of a scheme with others to take advantage of foreign currency exchanges conducted by the Venezuelan government.

“In total, Raul Gorrin Belisario paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to secure the rights to engage in over $1 billion in foreign currency exchange transactions that resulted in profits to Raul Gorrin Belisario of hundreds of millions of dollars,” the indictment said.

The original full article can be found at upi.com


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