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United States v. Claudia Patricia Diaz Guillen

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Claudia Diaz Guillen, the former National Treasurer of Venezuela, and her husband, Adrian Jose Velásquez, were each sentenced to 15 years in prison for their roles in a multibillion-dollar bribery and money laundering scheme.  Diaz Guillen and Velásquez accepted and laundered over $136 million in bribes from co-conspirator Raúl Gorrin Belisario, a Venezuelan billionaire businessman who owned Globovision news network. Gorrin allegedly paid bribes to Díaz, including through Velásquez, to obtain access to purchase bonds from the Venezuela National Treasury at a favorable exchange rate, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of profit.  Díaz and Velásquez were each convicted after trial in December 2022 of money laundering offenses with specified unlawful activities of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and certain offenses relating to bribery of a public official contrary to Venezuelan law.

This case was filed on December 15, 2020 in the Southern District of Florida.

On December 13, 2022, a jury found Diaz guilty of one count of conspiring to commit money laundering and one count of money laundering.

Date of Sentence: April 19, 2023

Related Document(s):

Press Release (Indictment)
Press Release (Trial Conviction)
Press Release (Sentencing)

Related Case(s):

U.S. v. Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray: Docket No: 18-CR-80054-RLR
U.S. v. Alejandro Andrade Cedeno: Docket No. 17-CR-80242-RLR
U.S. v. Raul Gorrin Belisario: Docket No. 18-CR-80160-WPD
U.S v. Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa: Docket No. 18-CR-80160-WPD

Case Open Date
Case Name
United States v. Claudia Diaz Guillen and Adrian Jose Velasquez, et al.
Foreign Corruption
Updated August 11, 2023