Five people charged with money laundering – CBS Atlanta

MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida issued an indictment on October 7, which was unsealed today, charging three Colombian nationals and two Venezuelan nationals for their roles alleged in the laundering of the proceeds of the sale. contracts to supply food and medicine to Venezuela obtained through bribes.

According to court documents, Alvaro Pulido Vargas, alias the German Enrique Rubio Salas, alias Cuchi, 57, from Colombia; José Gregorio Vielma-Mora, 55, from Venezuela; Emmanuel Enrique Rubio Gonzalez, 32, from Colombia; Carlos Rolando Lizcano Manrique, 50, from Colombia; and Ana Guillermo Luis, 49, of Venezuela, have been indicted in an indictment for their alleged roles in laundering the proceeds of a bribery scheme to obtain and keep inflated contracts through the Committee Local de Abastecimiento y Producción (CLAP), a Venezuelan public company. and a state-controlled food and medicine distribution program for the Venezuelan people.

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The indictment alleges that from or around July 2015 and until at least 2020, Pulido, Vielma-Mora, Rubio, Lizcano and Guillermo conspired with others to launder the proceeds of the indictment. ‘an illegal bribery program on bank accounts located in Antigua, United States. Emirates, and elsewhere to and through US bank accounts. According to the indictment, Pulido, Vielma-Mora, Rubio, Lizcano and Guillermo and others 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 contract costs to pay bribes and enrich themselves unfairly. The indictment also alleges that the co-conspirators directed funds to be transferred to promote the bribery scheme while in the United States and transferred money related to the scheme to bank accounts in the Southern District of Florida. As a result of this scheme, Pulido, Vielma-Mora, Rubio, Lizcano, Guillermo and their co-conspirators are said to have received approximately $ 1.6 billion from the Republic of Venezuela and transferred approximately $ 180 million through or to the United States. United.

The defendants are each charged in an indictment with five counts with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of money laundering. If found guilty, they each face a maximum total sentence of 100 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and Acting Special Agent in Charge La Verne J. Hibbert of the The DEA’s Miami field office made the announcement.

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This matter was investigated by the DEA Miami with assistance from the FBI Miami Field Office and the Miami Field Office of Homeland Security Investigation.

Assistant US Attorney Kurt K. Lunkenheimer of the Southern District of Florida and Attorney General Alexander J. Kramer of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division are continuing the case.

To view the indictment click here:

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An indictment is only an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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