October 30, 2020

US charges former Venezuelan national treasurer with money laundering offenses in FCPA case

On October 30, 2020, the US Department of Justice filed a criminal Information in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, charging former Venezuelan National Treasurer Claudia Patricia Diaz Guillen and her husband, Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa, with money laundering offenses.

According to the information, Raul Gorrin Belisario, a Venezuelan businessman living in Florida, engaged in a conspiracy with Diaz Guillen, Velasquez Figueroa, and others, in which Gorrin Belisario bribed Diaz Guillen with cash (sent through wire transfers from Swiss bank accounts) and luxury goods, in exchange for securing her assistance in obtaining and retaining business for entities owned by Gorrin Belisario.  In August 2018, the DOJ had charged Gorrin Belisario with money laundering and FCPA violations, in part in connection with this same conduct.  Gorrin Belisario is currently a fugitive, and his case remains open.

In January 2019, Diaz Guillen, Velasquez Figueroa, and others were designated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury for their role in a corrupt currency exchange scheme.