They arrested in the US a businessman who worked with the army of the Venezuelan dictatorship.
Jorge Nóbrega, an American of Venezuelan origin, met in Caracas with the Defense Minister of the Maduro regime, Vladimir Padrino López, to conclude business.
The US authorities arrested the US businessman of Venezuelan origin, Jorge Nóbrega. He was brought to justice in Miami for allegedly having provided services to the Venezuelan Air Force without a license and against US laws and sanctions, laundering the money made with those illicit operations.
Following his arrest, Nebriga, a Miami-based company that runs Achbal Technologies and a Venezuelan subsidiary, will appear before a judge on Wednesday, according to electronic court records.
The case against the businessman results from an investigation carried out by the Investigations Office of the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) based on the complaints of a confidential informant, according to the first document in the file.
HSI special agent Michael Simpson sets out in that letter the reasons why the US can prosecute Nóbrega.
According to the document, the businessman was in charge of replacing anti-explosive foam in the fuel tanks of Russian Sukhoi-30 fighter jets owned by the Venezuelan Air Force and received millions of dollars for his services.
According to testimonies revealed by el Nuevo Herald, the businessman visited the Defense Minister of the Maduro regime, Vladimir Padrino López, in Caracas to finalize business with the Chavista dictatorship.
The money arrived through transfers to a bank account in Portugal in the name of Achabal Technologies.
A "tripartite framework" was used as the sender, consisting of TIPCO, a Thai asphalt maker, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), and its subsidiary Bariven SA.
"Nóbrega and a confidential informant discussed the importance of making sure that there is no mention of PDVSA in future paperwork documents with the Portuguese bank," even though "PDVSA would continue to be involved in the payments to Nóbrega," reported el Nuevo Herald.
Simpson says Nobrega never applied for the required license for services related to Russian aircraft, as well as violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) of the United States in addition, to launder money and conspire to do so.
The Prosecutor's Office has already made it known that it is against granting Nóbrega bail because, in his opinion, there is a risk of flight.
This case is the latest in a series of investigations undertaken by the United States authorities against business people involved in corruption operations in partnership with officials of the Nicolás Maduro regime, who have helped the dictatorship circumvent US sanctions against the Chavista dictatorship.