5 Accused Of Laundering Funds From Venezuela Bribery Plot

By Nathan Hale (October 21, 2021, 8:53 PM EDT) -- A grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday in federal court in Miami charging three Colombian citizens and two Venezuelans with using U.S. accounts to launder a portion of $1.6 billion they allegedly obtained from contracts with the Venezuelan government secured through bribes to provide food and medicine.

The indictment, which was originally filed under seal on Oct. 7, brings a single count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of money laundering against Álvaro Pulido Vargas, 57, of Colombia; José Gregorio Vielma-Mora, 55, of Venezuela; Emmanuel Enrique Rubio Gonzâlez, 32, of Colombia; Carlos Rolando Lizcano Manrique, 50, of Colombia; and...

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