The US Justice accused the chavista magistrate Maikel Moreno of committing bribery and money laundering

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The former president of the Supreme Court used funds derived from illicit activities to buy property around the world, including a villa in Tuscany, Italy , for 2.4 million euros and a mansion in La Romana, Dominican Republic, for 1.5 million dollars

The US Justice accused Chavista magistrate Maikel Moreno of engaging in bribery and money laundering

The Florida Prosecutor's Office accused Chavista magistrate Maikel Moreno for crimes related to money laundering. (EFE/Miguel Gutiérrez)

The federal prosecutor's office for South Florida (USA) charged this Thursday the former president of the Supreme Court of Venezuela, Maikel Moreno, for receiving bribes in exchange for using his position to resolve civil and criminal cases.

Moreno was indicted for conspiracy to commit money laundering, concealment and by participate in transactions of assets derived from criminal activities.

The magistrate of the Chavista regime, received more than 10 million dollars in bribes from contractors Venezuelans who had agreements with entities belonging to the Nicolás Maduro dictatorship.

In 2014, before his appointment as president of the Supreme Court, he received one million dollars through bank transfersby a Venezuelan contractor for resolving future criminal cases in his favor.

According to the Florida prosecutor's office, Maikel Moreno also laundered money from a businessman accused in the United States of a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme to have the case dismissed.

He also agreed to authorize the judicial seizure of a General Motors automobile factory b> (valued at about 100 million dollars) in exchange for a percentage interest on the proceeds from the sale of the company.

The US Justice accused the chavista magistrate Maikel Moreno of engaging in bribery and money laundering

The Chavista regime magistrate received more than 10 million dollars in bribes from Venezuelan contractors who had agreements with entities belonging to the Nicolás Maduro dictatorship.

Moreno used the money from the bribes to buy or renovate properties around the world, including a villa in Tuscany, Italy, for 2.4 million euros, a mansion in La Romana, Dominican Republic, for 1.5 million dollars, a building in Las Mercedes in Caracas, Venezuela, for 1.3 million dollars dollars, and an apartment in Miami for 1.3 million dollars.

He also used the proceeds from the bribes to buy luxury cars, pay for trips for himself and his family, as well as spend more than $300,000 for a musical performance at his wedding.

During his tenure as Supreme Court Supreme Court Justice, Moreno influenced judicial decisions in Venezuela, as he had the authority to determine the jury knowing the cases within the agency and the power to appoint or remove lower court judges, according to the criminal indictment filed by the Florida attorney general's office. This activity lasted from 2014 to March 2019.

Each of the offenses of money laundering is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years, and each of the charges of participation in transactions with property derived from criminal activities carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

(With information from AFP)

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