A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida issued a formal indictment on October 7, which was revealed this Thursday 21, in which three Colombian citizens and two Venezuelans are singled out, including the former governor of Táchira José Vielma Mora, for allegedly involved in laundering the proceeds of the contracts to provide food and medicine to Venezuela, which were obtained through bribes.
According to court documents, Álvaro Pulido Vargas, alias el Alemán and Enrique Rubio Salas, alias Cuchi, 57, from Colombia; José Gregorio Vielma Mora, 55, from Venezuela; Emmanuel Enrique Rubio González, 32, from Colombia; Carlos Rolando Lizcano Manrique, 50, from Colombia; and Ana Guillermo Luis, 49, of Venezuela, were charged for their alleged role in laundering the proceeds of a bribery scheme to obtain and retain inflated contracts through the Local Supply and Production Committee (Clap), a Venezuelan state entity. and a state-controlled food and medicine distribution program for the people of Venezuela, ”says a communication from the United States Department of Justice.
The indictment alleges that as of July 2015 or around that date and until at least 2020, Pulido, Vielma Mora, Rubio, Lizcano and Guillermo conspired with others to launder the proceeds of an illegal bribery scheme of bank accounts located in Antigua, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere to and through bank accounts in the United States.
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According to the indictment, the aforementioned obtained contracts with Venezuelan government entities to import and distribute boxes of food and medicine in Venezuela through the Clap by paying bribes to Venezuelan government officials, including Vielma Mora.
“The defendants and their co-conspirators knowingly inflated the costs of the contracts to pay the bribes and unjustly enrich themselves. The indictment also alleges that the co-conspirators ordered funds to be transferred to promote the bribery scheme while they were in the United States, and transferred money related to the scheme to bank accounts in the Southern District of Florida, ”the paper added with the signs.
As a result of the plan, Pulido, VielmaMora, Rubio, Lizcano, Guillermo, and others allegedly received approximately $ 1.6 billion from the Republic of Venezuela and transferred approximately $ 180 million through or to the United States.
“Each of those named is charged in a five count formal action with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of money laundering. If convicted, each of them faces a total maximum penalty of 100 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors, ”the court statement added.
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Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr .; Acting United States Attorney Juan Antonio González for the Southern District of Florida and Acting Special Agent in Charge La Verne J. Hibbert of the DEA Miami Field Office made the announcement.
This case was investigated by the DEA Miami with the assistance of the FBI’s Miami Field Office and the Miami Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations.
Trial attorney Alexander J. Kramer of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant United States Attorney Kurt K. Lunkenheimer of the Southern District of Florida are prosecuting the case.
The Justice Department brief warns that “an indictment is simply an indictment, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”