US jails Hugo Chávez nurse 15-year for money laundering

A court judge in Florida has sentenced the nurse of the Ex-Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to fifteen years in jail.

Claudia Díaz, who Chávez named as Venezuela`s country treasurer, is the latest in sequence of Venezuelan ex-top officers to be jailed in the US.

Díaz and her husband had been find responsible of laundering millions of dollars that they’d obtained in bribes from a Venezuelan media multi-millionaire.

They had each denied the changes and rejected a plea deal.

Claudia Díaz and her husband, Adrián Velásquez, had been arrested in 2018 in Spain, in which they lived a lavish life-style.

She informed BBC News Mundo in an interview [in Spanish] in 2018 that their riches had been earned by way of  her husband businesses he had even earlier before they met.

But a court in Florida find the couples had collected and laundered millions of dollars in bribes from Venezuelan media multi-millionaire Raúl Gorrín at some stage in Díaz’s time at the helm of Venezuela’s treasury from 2011 till 2013.

In returns for the bribes, Díaz allowed Raúl Gorrín to purchase US dollars at a less expensive price from the treasury which he then resold at the black marketplace at a big profit, the court found.

The media tycoon, who owns Globovisión information network, has additionally been charged with corruption and America Immigration and Customs Enforcement has listed him on its “most wanted” list. He is assumed to be in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

The 15-year-sentence imposed on Claudia Díaz and her husband, who became President Chávez’s head of security, is one of the longest given by US court against corrupt Venezuelan ex-officers.

The Judge stated that the couple had “made a whole lot of money” and “significantly modified their life” with their ill-gotten gains.

Diaz’s profession specifically was meteoric. A Navy sergeant, she was part of the president’s defend of honor earlier before becoming a member of the group that nursed Hugo Chávez while he had cancer.

Despite having no history in finance, Chávez named her as the country national treasurer, a position she held from 2011 till the president’s demise in 2013.

She and her husband then moved to Spain, in which their highly-priced life-style aroused the suspicions of the authorities and had been extradited to America last year.

US prosecutors were instrumental in bringing corrupt Venezuelan former officers to justice, taking gain of the truth that a lot of them bought houses in Florida or used US financial institutions to stash their millions of cash.

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