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Venezuela's Guaido Investigated for Aid Embezzlement

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Guaido's representative in the US, Carlos Vecchio, is also being accused of fraud in CITGO worth US $70 million.

Venezuelan authorities have opened a new criminal investigation against self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido for his role in the "humanitarian aid"corruption scandal unveiled over the weekend.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab named Guaido as the accused "mastermind" behind the crimes, arguing that the opposition leader "personally directed the corruption mafia."

The investigation will focus on accusations of money laundering, corruption, and criminal association, and will be led by two public prosecutors.

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Despite the alleged crimes being committed in Colombia, Saab assured that the investigation "corresponds to our jurisdiction" as the funds were assigned from Venezuela. His office is due to request the sharing of evidence and further cooperation from their Colombian counterparts.

The latest scandal unfolded in the aftermath of the events of February 23, when Guaido and the opposition unsuccessfully attempted to force humanitarian "aid" into Venezuela on the Colombo-Venezuelan border crossing.

A report from Miami-based news outlet Panampost was published last Friday, accusing Guaido's representatives in Cucuta, fellow Popular Will party members Rossana Barrera and Kevin Rojas, of fraud and corruption worth more than US $100,000.

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Barrera and Rojas, who were tasked with looking after the soldiers who heeded Guaido's call to desert, are alleged to have falsified hotel and restaurant payments, as well as inflating the number of soldiers under their responsibility. Guaido has recently called for a thorough investigation into the corruption scandal, despite the Panampost report alleging he had been made aware of it over a month ago.

This is the latest in a series of judicial investigations concerning the activities of the Venezuelan opposition. Guaido is himself the subject of two ongoing investigations for charges including corruption, treason, fraud, and money laundering, having seen his parliamentary immunity lifted in April.

Saab also announced last week that 34 citizens are under investigation, 17 of which have been detained and charged, for their involvement in the April 30 failed putsch. 15 are right wing deputies in the National Assembly. Likewise, Saab informed that 31 people have been arrested for the August 2018 drone assassination attempt against President Maduro, while other suspects remain at large in Colombia and the United States.

Apart from Guaido, Rojas, and Barrera, a number of other members of Guaido's inner circle, especially those from his hard right Popular Will party, are under the spotlight for corruption and other criminal allegations.

Guaido's representative in the United States,Carlos Vecchio, was accused on Monday by Venezuela's Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez of being involved in a corruption scheme operated out of CITGO, Venezuela's US-based subsidiary of the state oil company PDVSA.

According to Rodriguez, Vecchio and CITGO's ad-hoc board are responsible for accounting fraud worth more than US $70 million, money which was allegedly destined for interest payments of PDVSA's 2020 bond. The ad-hoc board was named by Guaido in February after US authorities froze Venezuelan assets in the country, including CITGO.

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"It seems like the person directly involved in having pocketed those US $70 million in excesses due to cooking the books is Mr. Carlos Vecchio," Rodriguez said.

According to statements from the CITGO ad-hoc board, the US Department of Justice approached members this week regarding "presumed irregular actions or corruption." The board claims it is to start an internal investigation.

Likewise, Guaido's chief-of-staff Roberto Marrero and his lawyer Juan Planchart faced a preliminary hearing this week after being arrested in April, accused of leading and financing a terrorist cell, usurpation of functions, hiding firearms and explosives, money laundering, and criminal association. According to the decision of a Caracas court, neither man is to be granted bail and both will proceed to trial.

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They want to eliminate Maduro because he is corrupt and Trump and his band of psychopaths will replace him with a group who probably most resembles them as they aren't even in control and they are already pillaging. I guess this just proves the saying, "Birds of a feather flock together"

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I don't know if Maduro is corrupt. What I have read is that he was very popular with the people. Guaido was appointed by Trump. Who the h*** are we to appoint leaders of other countries? Because we want their oil? What does that say about us?

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My guess Maduro's only corruption was he was spending the oil profits on the people. More than the oil I believe Maduro was breaking away from the petrodollar as are several major nations, Russia, China, Iran to name a few.

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All of the countries recently invaded and destroyed by the U.S. were either in the process of getting off the U.S. Dollar, or strongly discussing it.

Libya was in the process of creating a new African currency just before Khaddafi was sodomized with America's bayonet of democracy.

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I don't think that Maduro is corrupt.

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Actually, me neither

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Nor do I. I was just using what our government and their media propagandists are telling us.

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I thought that is what you probanly meant Dennis, but I wasn't sure. The current U.S. regime is projecting their corruption onto Maduro, to try and justify their evil coup attempt, on behalf of the sociapaths and psychopaths who run the regime.

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Hi, Den, I don't know where you heard it, I haven't ever known of anything corrupt regarding Senor Maduro. Correct me,por favor.

Guaido, si, es verdad.

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There's not a shred of evidence that Maduro is corrupt (see my article in OEN as to why many Americans find it so easy to bleive he is without evidence: click here).

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There's not a shred of evidence that Maduro is corrupt (see my article in OEN as to why many Americans find it so easy to bleive he is without evidence: click here).

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To John it is just astounding that so many people in the United States believe that a guy who uses his nation's resources for the uplifting of the standard of living for all of the people of his nation would be corrupt. Its as William Pear said, Maduro is not corrupt; if he was he would have taken the billions the U.S. socio/psychopaths offered and ran with it. But I am going to read your take on why so many people in the U.S. believe as they do.

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John I meant to start off my reply to you with the words, To me...

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If Maduro was corrupt he would take the $Billion that Trump offered him to go into exile. He has other motives for hanging in there. My guess is his loyalty to Chavez, the Bolivarian Revolution and the poor mestizos in the barios.

P.S. I am sure the NSA keeps a close tab on all of Maduro's activities. That is how they pull soft-coups such as the phony corruption charges against Lula.

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