On March 26, 2021, Jose Vicente Gomez Aviles was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in a money laundering scheme that involved the laundering of improper payments to former Ecuadorian official Juan Ribas Domenech. The sentence was rendered by US District Court for the Southern District of Florida after Gomez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2020 as part of a settlement reached with federal prosecutors. During the proceeding, Gomez was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release.
Gomez was charged in 2020 as a conspirator, along with Ribas, Felipe Moncaleno Botero, and Roberto Heinert, for his efforts to obtain reinsurance business for three UK-based reinsurance companies, that involved the laundering of over $5 million in bribe money intended for Ribas, the chairman of Ecuador’s state-owned and controlled insurance company Seguros Sucre at the time. Ribas was sentenced earlier in the week to 51 months in prison for his role in the scheme, while Moncaleno received 72 months in prison in January of 2021 for laundering the funds. Heinert has not yet been sentenced for his role in the scheme.