On Friday, the United States government offered a reward of 10 million dollars for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of the Colombian. Alvaro Pulido Vargas, the alleged partner of Alex Saab, the supposed figure of the Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro.
And the US State Department explained in a statement that the reward relates to accusations made by the US Justice Department against “Polido and others of money laundering in connection with a bribery scheme abroad.”
On Thursday, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida (USA) indicted three Colombians, including Pulido Vargas, and two Venezuelans for their alleged participation in a multi-billion dollar laundering scheme related to the Venezuelan government’s program, Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP).
According to a statement issued by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the five were involved in a scheme to launder money from contracts obtained by bribery, in connection with the aforementioned program to provide food and medicine to Venezuela.
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Pulido, on the other hand, is included in another money laundering court case in which Saab was extradited to the United States from green head last Saturday.
Maduro’s alleged front man was handed over after a long judicial flight in Cape Verde dating back to June 12, 2020, when he was arrested while his plane was refueling at Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal, Cape Verde.
Saab, 49, born in Barranquilla, Colombia but of Lebanese descent, has been charged in the United States with seven counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to launder money since 2019.
The prosecution notes that between November 2011 and at least until September 2015, Saab and Pulido Vargas conspired with others to launder profits A corruption network backed by bribes aimed at obtaining contracts to carry out public projects and defrauding the currency exchange control system.
As a result of the plan, Saab and Pulido Vargas allegedly transferred from Venezuela, through the United States, about $350 million to accounts they own or control in other countries, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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