DAVID RIVERA, a controversial former US Congressman and politician who had an unusual $50m consulting contract with the US subsidiary of PdVSA, Venezuela's national petroleum utility, has been arrested and charged with multiple Federal felonies. He was taken into custody in Atlanta this week; the case is pending in the Southern District of Florida.
The defendant, who was engaged in major civil litigation over his agreement, in which he received a $20m payment, and is seeking the balance, has reportedly been charged with these offenses:
(1)Violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
(2) Conspiracy to Commit Offenses against the United States.
Rivera is accused of working closely with RAUL GORRIN BELISARIO, who is one of Miami's most wanted Federal fugitives from justice. Gorrin who is on the ICE Most Wanted List, faces money laundering charges, as well as allegations that he paid a bribe of $1bn to a Venezuelan Treasury Minister.