The U.S. government last week levied sanctions on four of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s closest advisers on allegations that they helped facilitate Maduro in plundering the wealth of the Venezuelan people.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated First Lady and former Attorney General and President of the National Assembly Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Vice President Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, and Sectoral Vice President of Political Sovereignty, Security, and Peace Vladimir Padrino Lopez for various illicit actions aimed at maintaining Maduro in office.
Per OFAC, the Maduro regime is rife with political mismanagement and gross corruption, and the four individuals named above are deeply involved in such activities. OFAC indicates that the group is responsible for various human rights abuses in the country as well.
In addition to the above advisers, OFAC designated a network of entities allegedly used by previously-designated President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Diosdado Cabello Rondon for managing properties he owns in the United States. Investigators say the network includes Agencia Vehiculos Especiales Rurales y Urbanos, C.A., its chief pilot Jose Omar Paredes, trading firm Quiana Trading Limited, its executive director Edgar Alberto Sarria Diaz, and his Spanish firm Panazeate SL.
Per investigators, Sarria managed several properties in Florida and a private jet on behalf of Cabello via the network of companies listed above, and despite full knowledge of the sanctions in place against Cabello.
As a result of the designations, the individuals and entities are prohibited from exercising rights to property within the jurisdiction of the United States, and American citizens are prohibited from knowingly conducting business with such parties.