Top Official At Venezuelan State Bank Admits To Bribes

Law360, New York (November 18, 2013, 7:36 PM EST) -- A former senior official at a Venezuelan state bank pled guilty in New York on Monday to taking bribes from a U.S.-based broker-dealer, admitting she steered the firm work in exchange for kickbacks sent to her Swiss account.

Maria De Los Angeles Gonzalez De Hernandez, an ex-official at economic development bank Banco de Desarrollo Economico y Social de Venezuela, admitted to five charges of conspiracy, money laundering and violation of the federal Travel Act at a hearing in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutors say Gonzalez, who handled...
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