United States: U.S. prosecutors charge former Citgo executive in bribery probe

U.S. prosecutors charged a former Citgo Petroleum manager with accepting $2.5 million as part of a scheme to bribe officials with the U.S. refiner and its Venezuelan parent to win business contracts.

Jose Luis De Jongh Atencio, 48, was indicted by a federal grand jury last month with money-laundering and conspiracy charges, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday. De Jong is the 27th person charged in a U.S. investigation of bribery at Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described the U.S. investigation as politically motivated.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

(Picture: Loren Elliot/Bloomberg)

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