Region: Venezuela

Alex Saab not a Venezuelan diplomat, judge rules

The disputed government of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro “exploit[ed] the law of diplomatic immunities” to avoid Saab’s extradition to the United States, a Florida judge wrote.

03 January 2023

Venezuelan presidential crisis spills over into Saab case

A Miami court is hearing arguments as to whether it should grant diplomatic immunity to one of the key allies of disputed Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

20 December 2022

Former treasurer of Venezuela found guilty of money-laundering

A Florida jury found Claudia Patricia Díaz Guillen and her husband guilty on five of six counts of laundering some $4 million in bribes.

14 December 2022

Former Venezuelan treasurer’s bribery trial kicks off

A jury heard opening statements in the DOJ's bribery case against Claudia Patricia Díaz Guillén, who served under former president Hugo Chávez’s administration.

29 November 2022

Venezuelan businessman indicted for money laundering

Rafael Rixon Rafael Morena Oropeza allegedly bribed a Venezuelan government official to install a high-ranking official in a joint venture between the country’s state oil company and Chevron.

25 August 2022

Venezuelan businessman to forfeit $3 million for PDVSA bribery scheme

Carlos Enrique Urbano Fermín will forfeit $3 million in addition to the intermittent confinement ordered by a Florida judge in May.

02 August 2022

Former Venezuela treasurer fails to get money laundering charges thrown out

A Florida federal judge said he was not “persuaded” by a Houston federal judge's decision to dismiss separate bribery cases on jurisdictional grounds.

18 July 2022

Two financial asset managers charged with money laundering related to Venezuelan bribery scheme

The DOJ charged two financial asset managers for their alleged role in a scheme to launder an estimated $1.2 billion in funds corruptly obtained from Venezuela’s state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA).

13 July 2022

OFAC fines Puerto Rico bank for Venezuela sanctions violations

The US’s civil sanctions enforcer imposed a $255,937 penalty on Banco Popular de Puerto Rico for processing over $853,000 worth of transactions on behalf of two Venezuelan government employees, in violation of US sanctions.

30 May 2022

Five years probation and intermittent jail for Venezuelan businessman for PDVSA scheme

Carlos Enrique Urbano Fermín was sentenced to five years of probation and 120 days of intermittent confinement.

24 May 2022

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