Ex-Venezuela official moves to US to help with corruption case


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A former Venezuelan oil official fled the country and is talking to US officials about his investigation into high-level corruption Plan Which helped the oil rich nation sink into the economic recession.

According to a person familiar with the case, Carmelo Urdaneta Aqui, a lifelong legal adviser to the country’s powerful oil ministry, will appear in Miami federal court. According to one person in the discussions, he is expected to appear soon on Monday, according to the charges in 2018, which were against him and several other connected Venezuelans.

Urdaneta fled Venezuela last week and was picked up on the Colombian border by US federal agents who brought him to Florida, the person said. According to documents filed on Monday, Urdanetta has attorneys representing him in Miami.

The Justice Department in Miami did not immediately comment. Urdaneta’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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