The consequences of being on the OFAC last can be severe. Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal, designated by OFAC for providing material support to the FARC, was arrested in Aruba, on an American warrant*, for narcotics trafficking and other offenses. Carvajal, who is the former head of Venezuelan Military Intelligence, was the longtime liaison between the FARC, and the Government of Venezuela, which provided arms and assistance to the designated global terrorist organization.
Carvajal, who now faces extradition to the United States, was seeking to become an accredited diplomat to Aruba, but the Venezuelan Government had not yet completed the process, leaving him vulnerable to arrest. He has also been named as a principal player in a $2bn money laundering operation, whereby criminal proceeds from Venezuela were transferred into Houston, Texas, via a trade-based money laundering scheme.
The Government of Venezuela has protested his arrest, and directly threatened to disrupt the economy of Aruba, should he be extradited to the United States.
Case No.: 13-20345-CR-Moore (SD FL).
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