The US government today imposed economic sanctions against Venezuela's national treasurer Claudia Patricia Díaz Guillén and television entrepreneur Raúl Gorrín, accusing them of participating in a corruption network that obtained more than 2,400 million dollars with the illicit use of the system Venezuelan exchange.
"The Venezuelan regime has plundered billions of dollars while the Venezuelan people suffer (…) Our actions against this corrupt currency exchange network show a deplorable practice more than the members of the regime have used to benefit themselves at the expense of of the Venezuelan people, "said Steven Mnuchin, secretary of the US Treasury, in a statement.
In addition to Guillén and Gorrín, the Treasury also imposed sanctions on five other individuals and 23 entities used by the network to channel funds with registered offices in New York, Miami, Delaware and the Caribbean island of San Cristóbal y Nieves.
As a consequence, the assets that these persons and entities may have under US jurisdiction are frozen and it is forbidden to carry out financial transactions with them.
Last year, the Miami Prosecutor's Office accused Gorrin of paying bribes to Venezuelan treasury officials to buy dollars at the official rate and resell them later in the parallel market.
Díaz Guillén, who was Treasurer of Venezuela between 2011 and 2013 and is currently under house arrest in Spain, allegedly accepted bribes from Gorrin, who in exchange bought houses and yachts for her and her husband, according to the indictment.
Gorrín's assets include the television network Globovisión, which it bought in 2013 and which softened its critical line with the government of President Nicolás Maduro since then.
The US Treasury gave a one-year extension to Gorrin to get rid of his actions in the television channel.
The government of President Donald Trump has raised pressure on Caracas with successive economic sanctions against senior officials of the Maduro government, including first lady Cilia Flores and several ministers, who are accused of repression and human rights abuses.
Venezuela is experiencing a deep and prolonged economic crisis, with hyperinflation of over 1,000,000% per year and shortages of food and medicines, which has forced the departure of 2.5 million people from the country to the United States. and other nations.