Nicolás Maduro’s sons-in-law cleared from Spain 159 million from PDVSA corruption
A criminal organization whitewashed from Madrid 159 million euros, of the corruption of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, for the three stepchildren of dictator Nicolás Maduro, children of his wife Cilia flores: Walter, Yoswal and Yosser Gavidia Flores.
North American justice sent to National Court judge María Tardón the recording of a meeting held in Madrid on March 1, 2017 by a group of businessmen who whitewashed in different tax havens 600 million euros corruption of the oil company PDVSA. Of this money, according to the record, 159 million would correspond to the three stepchildren of dictator Maduro as bite.
The meeting took place in an office located in Calle Orellana in Madrid, where the group of companies is based. Columbus One Properties SL, from which the money laundering operations were carried out, using a Malta-based company called Portmann Capital Management Ltd.
At various points during the conversation, two of the people present, the lawyer Carmelo Urdaneta (who was PDVSA’s legal advisor) and tax advisor Pedro Binaggia allude to the need to pay part of the profits of the operation to members of the government of Venezuela, who are referred to on different occasions as “the boys“,”the lady’s children“,”the chamois“O”Cilia’s knowledge“.
In a report addressed to Judge María Tardón on September 14, UDEF clarified that all these expressions correspond to “the three children of Cilia Flores, current wife of Nicolas Maduro. In Venezuela they are known by the nickname of the children and they respond to the name of Walter, Yoswal and Yosser Gavidia Flores“.
Indeed, according to the same report, American justice intervened in the e-mail of one of the people involved in this plot of a spreadsheet in which the distribution of the 600 million euros is specified. Of the total amount, 20.7 million (4%) had to be allocated to the managers of Portmann Capital as fees and 159,085,876 euros a the children as an order for the family of Nicolás Maduro. Another part of the profits was reserved for Venezuelan businessman Raúl Gorrín Belisario, chairman of the Globovisión group, who since November 2019 has been on the list of the most wanted fugitives by the United States.
“It follows from the foregoing that the stepchildren of Nicolás Maduro, designated in the letter as the children“, Specifies the report of the UDEF addressed to judge Tardón,” they are the beneficiaries of a little more than 159 million euros of the sum collected at Portmann Capital “, the Maltese company used by this network to launder the assets of the company. Corruption. the South Florida District Court investigating this fraudulent transaction in case 18-MJ-03119, known to police as Operation Money Flight.
Is bite intended for Maduro’s stepchildren shows that the massive and systematic looting PDVSA is not a specific corruption problem, but is run by the dictator’s own family, who received a visit from former President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero last Sunday to bless his fraudulent elections.
The criminal network that operated from Madrid was made up of the four partners (25%) of the Columbus One Properties SL group: Ralph Steinmann, Luis Fernando Vuteff García, José Vicente Amparán Croquer and Darío Ramiro Ale Iturralde. The $ 600 million laundered to which the recording refers comes from massive foreign exchange fraud.
To finance itself, the oil company PDVSA contracted a line of credit with the group in 2014. Capital of Rantor by Raúl Gorrín, whose channel Globovisión Television it is today one of the main propaganda instruments of the Maduro regime. Through the aforementioned contract, Rantor Capital was to deliver 7.2 billion bolivars to PDVSA, which would repay the loan to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars.
The disparity between the official exchange rate of the two currencies and that applied on the parallel market generates a profit of several million dollars, from which comes the 600 million that the criminal network has laundered from Madrid. To access this juicy business, explains the UDEF, Raúl Gorrín would have paid bribes of millionaires to senior officials of the Chavista regime. Among them, lawyer Carmelo Urdaneta present at the recorded meeting in Madrid, who head of the legal office of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mines of Venezuela, on which the oil company PDVSA depends.
Millionaire currency fraud
“The fact that PDVSA accessed these exchange operations via the use of the aforementioned credit lines”, explains the UDEF in its report addressed to the judge, “assumed a huge source of corruption which gave rise to certain businessmen, to win these contracts, by paying large sums to the workers of the oil company in charge of the approval and the attribution of these, as well as to able intermediaries to put them in touch with them.
During the recorded meeting in Madrid, the businessmen involved comment on the procedures used to launder the money obtained through this fraud. For this they used the Malta-based company Portmann Capital Management Ltd., who opened accounts in different financial entities in which he accumulated the balances of customers of the corrupt network.
But the financial entities did not know the identity of these customers, which was only recorded in Portmann’s internal accounts. After transferring millionaire sums through various tax havens (including the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Panama, Malta and Andorra), the Columbus One Properties group then invested the money in the purchase of real estate in different Spanish cities.
Two of the managers of Columbus One Properties SL (Fernando Vuteff Garcia Yes Darío Ramiro Ale Iturralde) could be detained in Spain, along with one of his collaborators, Ignacio Sánchez Cumba. However, when it emerged that American justice was investigating these events, another of those involved, José Vicente Amparan, fled Spain on a flight to Turkey, from where he returned to Venezuela.
Visit of Delcy Rodríguez to Barajas
Before leaving, Amparán gave a backpack full of documents to his wife, who abandoned at the box office of a gym located in the center of Madrid, as the UDEF explains in its report. The Police were able to recover this material, to make it available to Justice.
PDVSA is the Venezuelan state oil company that paid several million euros, for fictitious consulting services, to the son of Raúl Morodo, who was Spain’s ambassador to Venezuela during the government of José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
Venezuelan regime number 2 Delcy Rodríguez has been director of the board of PDVSA since 2015, the state-owned oil company that has distributed millions of dollars to buy political favors around the world.
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