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American businessman of Venezuelan origin, Jorge Nóbrega, was taken to court in Miami for allegedly having provided services to the Venezuelan Air Force managed by the tyrant Nicolás Maduro without a license and against U.S. laws and sanctions, in addition to money laundering made with those illicit operations.
Following his arrest last Sunday, Nóbrega, who runs the Miami-based Achabal Technologies company with a subsidiary in Venezuela, will appear tomorrow, Wednesday, in a hearing before the judge, according to electronic court records.
The case against the businessman stems from an investigation conducted by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Bureau of Investigations based on the allegations of a confidential informant, according to the first document in the case file.
HSI Special Agent Michael Simpson sets forth in that document the reasons why the United States may prosecute Nóbrega.
According to the document, the businessman was in charge of replacing anti-explosion foam in the fuel tanks of Russian Sukhoi-30 fighter jets owned by the Venezuelan Air Force and received millions of dollars in payment for his services.
The money was transferred to a bank account in Portugal in the name of Achabal Technologies and the remitters were “a tripartite structure” composed of TIPCO, a Thai asphalt manufacturing company, and Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and its subsidiary Bariven SA.
Simpson points out that Nóbrega never applied for the required license for the services related to the Russian aircraft and likewise violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the US Arms Export Control Act (AECA), in addition to laundering money and conspiring to do so.
The Prosecutor’s Office has already made it known that it is against granting Nóbrega bail because, in its opinion, he is a flight risk.