Diaz-Balart: Administration Sanctions Venezuelan Individuals and Entities for Corruption While Venezuelan People Suffer Extreme Shortages and Human Rights Abuses
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Trump administration today issued sanctions against Venezuelan individuals and companies who were involved in an intricate corruption scheme, garnering more than $2.4 billion in stolen funds. Over the last two years, President Trump has issued several rounds of sanctions against members of Maduro’s regime who have contributed to oppression, corruption, and human rights abuses in the country.
“I commend the Trump administration for imposing tough sanctions on seven individuals and twenty-three entities involved in widespread corruption in Venezuela.
“According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, today’s sanctions targeted a corruption and bribery scheme that resulted in the illicit taking of more than $2.4 billion in wealth that belonged to the Venezuelan people. As the U.S. Treasury Department revealed, the Venezuelan Office of the National Treasury (ONT) has been plagued by corruption from its top officials through currency manipulation and bribery for years. It is shameful that while the Venezuelan people are suffering under crushing oppression, a cratering economy, and scarcity, that the Maduro regime continues to plunder the people’s resources. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the administration to ensure that those found responsible for corruption, human rights abuses, and denigrating Venezuela’s once democratic institutions will be held accountable for their crimes.”