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December 4 2018

Last week, the US Department of Justice announced charges against a Venezuelan businessman, Raul Gorrin Belisario, for his suspected role in a billion-dollar corruption scheme. Two other Venezuelans involved, Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray and Alejandro Andrade Cedeno, pleaded guilty and provided details of how bribe payments were made and money was laundered.

Gorrin owns Globovision, a private news network in Venezuela that once was very critical of the Venezuelan government. Gorrin purchased the channel in 2013 and since then, according to reporters, the news network has become much friendlier to Maduro’s administration.