The holder of unpaid Venezuelan securities is thinking of seizing assets in Florida owned by Raul Coron.According to court documents, Nicolas Maduro is a media lord accused by US prosecutors of bribing dictatorial officials.
The potential measure of the Gaza Express Corporation, a little-known Florida company, was the first to sue the South American country for failing to pay its bond payments in the midst of the crisis. It shows how lenders are increasingly looking for assets related to Venezuela to satisfy their debts.
A judge in the Southern District of New York ruled in November 2020 Gaza Express has secured the right to collect $ 43.2 million from Venezuela in 2018 on two bonds that the country stopped canceling in outstanding obligations.
In August 2021, the company filed the ruling in a federal court in Florida, where two companies filed in Delaware, according to the United States. Porus 8 is owned or controlled by Coron as Dynamic Inc. and Planet 2 Reaching Inc. They own residential apartments in Miami-Date County, documents show.
In filing on October 1, the companies’ lawyer forced the Gaza Express companies “Submit an affidavit as to why some real estate should not be used to satisfy the verdict.”
In 2018, U.S. prosecutors indicted Coron, Owner of a Venezuelan television channel Globovision, Bribing Venezuelan dictators $ 150 million for violating US anti-corruption laws For the right to engage in profitable forex transactions and money laundering through US assets.
Bosch 8 Dynamic and Planet 2 Reaching was approved by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which prevented U.S. companies from dealing with them in 2019.. An OFAC license will be required to seize Gaza Express assets, Auslander said.
The apartments owned by Bosch 8 Dynamic and Planet 2 Reaching are valued at $ 6.2 million and $ 11.8 million, respectively., Show property records.
According to a US judge, Koran “Given to Venezuelan government officials, promised, approved and paid for corruption, Including two national treasurers to ensure the undue advantage in obtaining and restraining the right to conduct foreign exchange transactions at favorable rates ”.
U.S. officials suspect he gave millions of dollars to Chavismo’s former treasurer Alejandro Andrade And Claudia Patricia Dias, Already Adrian Jose Velasquez FigurovaFormer security chief of the late president Hugo ChavezFor her benefit.
To cover up the payments, Koran used fictitious corporate accounts, always ordered to pay “at least $ 65 million” between 2011 and 2013, according to the indictment, which appears in documents sent by the United States. “He also paid for private jets, boats, mansions, champion horses, and elegant watches.”
Andrade Sedeno, A Venezuelan citizen, sentenced to 10 years in prison, as part of a petition agreement, He admitted to receiving more than $ 1 billion in bribes from Koran And others “used the position of Venezuela’s national treasurer to select them to carry out currency exchange transactions at a rate favorable to the country.”
To appear legal, Koran would have exchanged electronic correspondence with suppliers “If his staff had a spreadsheet for the purpose of monitoring certain bribe payments.” Including Velasquez Figueroa.
Even after Diaz was deposed as head of the National Treasury Office in Venezuela, Koran gave the couple (Andrade and Thias) money and “valuables” in exchange for his previous assistance in providing business benefits.
Thus, there are two payments in 2013 281.051 And 4 million Dollars from bank accounts in Switzerland to companies of Velasquez Figueroa in the name of companies owned by Coron located in Pinoma.
In 2019, following allegations of money laundering and corruption The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has added Koran to its list of most wanted persons.
(With information from Reuters and EFE)
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