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Former Energy Undersecretary Javier Alvarado says he cooperated with the United States to expose PDVSA corruption.

Former Energy Undersecretary Javier Alvarado says he cooperated with the United States to expose PDVSA corruption.
Former Energy Undersecretary Javier Alvarado says he cooperated with the United States to expose PDVSA corruption.
Javier Alvarado

Javier Alvarado, Venezuela’s former energy vice minister and former director of CARPOLEC, said for years he cooperated with prosecutors and the US embassy in Venezuela, passing them information about corruption at PDVSA, while Rafael Ramírez directed it.

Records shared by Alvarado with the US include details of a $250 million no-bid contract for the power plant signed by Ramirez. This information was published by the journalist Joshua Goodman.

Javier Alvarado

There is a streak against Alvarado Court Proceedings For corrupt practices for illegal enrichment. He is being investigated in Spain, the United States and Andorra.

In a mega operation by the Andorran judiciary, he was linked to a complex network of briefcase companies in tax havens through which he bought luxury real estate in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; Madrid in Spain; as well as in Miami and New York in the United States.

The property that has caught the authorities’ attention the most is in Cartagena de Indias, as it is the luxury hotel Ananda.

“Alvarado invested 4 million dollars in this business in 2014. It was created with 70% of the shares of the establishment; according to the documents, he paid a loan of 2 million dollars to a bank belonging to his own company,” according to the investigation of the magazine. Country.

According to this information, in order to own the Ananda Hotel, Alvarado bought 70% of the shares of Inversiones Cal del Quartel, the company that owns the hotel. For this, he used the Luxembourg company Sirena International SA. The motion was recorded in the minutes of the extraordinary meeting of the Inversiones Call del Quartal on November 7, 2014.

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Alvarado’s emotional partner

Country It was also revealed that Sirena International SA’s representative in the transaction was Alvarado’s emotional partner, Ceciree Casanova.

The woman was in charge of human resources at Electricidad de Caracas, which was directed by Alvarado until 2010. “After the purchase, according to the minutes, Casanova became the main director of the company that owns the hotel,” the Spanish newspaper said.

The former deputy minister is also accused of diverting $15 million to accounts in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Dominica. He is accused of receiving $25 million in transfers from Nevis Villalobos, another former deputy energy secretary; Another $8.8 million was received from Luis Mariano Rodríguez Capello, who was the business manager of Diego Salazar, Rafael Ramirez’s cousin.

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