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Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia

first_img Several family members and associates of Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg were also designated for materially supporting the principals’ money laundering activities and/or for helping to manage their companies. The family members include Henry Guberek Grimberg’s two brothers, Felipe Guberek Grimberg, a businessman currently residing in Israel, and Arieh Guberek Grimberg, a licensed soccer agent. The business associates include Johanna Patricia Ceballos Bueno, the secretary of Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg, who manages the day-to-day operations of the network from their offices in Bogota. These 31 individuals and entities together form a money laundering network responsible for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in drug money connected to drug trafficking organizations, including Ayman Saied Joumaa and Linares Castillo who were both previously designated by the Treasury Department. In a separate action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Miami Field Division announced the filing of criminal charges against four defendants, including Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz, Henry Guberek Grimberg, and Johanna Patricia Ceballos-Bueno — designated by the Treasury on July 9 — all Colombian nationals, for their participation in an international money laundering conspiracy in which they laundered millions of dollars for transnational drug trafficking organizations. Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg primarily rely upon the use of ostensibly legitimate textile companies within Colombia to engage in trade-based money laundering. Using bank accounts for these companies, as well as accounts belonging to a series of shell companies in Panama, Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg provide a means for traffickers to transfer narcotics proceeds back to Colombia from locations all over the world, with drug money transiting additional accounts in Spain, Hong Kong, the United States, Mexico, China, Israel, the Cayman Islands, and Venezuela, as well as other locations in Europe and Central America. The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on July 9 the designation of Colombian nationals Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, as well as 29 other individuals and entities, including companies located in Colombia, Panama, and Israel, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). By Dialogo July 12, 2013 “Money laundering is the lifeblood of the narcotics trafficking world,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Our action against this major money laundering network strikes a powerful blow at the illicit profits flows of criminals like Ayman Joumaa and Linares Castillo.” This action builds upon the U.S. government’s continued campaign to target global narcotics networks, including that run by Joumaa whose global narcotics enterprises have stretched from South America to Africa and have benefited terrorist groups such as Hezbollah. By designating the individuals and entities behind this money laundering organization, the Treasury Department is taking another step to protect the international financing system from abuse by narcotics traffickers, money launderers, and terrorists. last_img read more

Family Business: Corruption In The Maduro Regime

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans July 25, 2019 On June 28, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned Nicolás Maduro Guerra, son of illegitimate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, for his participation in government censorship and corruption. Maduro Guerra, also known as Nicolasito, is the latest Maduro relative to be sanctioned by the U.S. government.To learn more about Maduro’s family involvement in corruption, Diálogo spoke with Freddy Superlano, president of the Permanent Finance and Economic Development Commission at the Venezuelan National Assembly, and Américo De Grazia, an Assembly representative who took refuge at the Italian Embassy in Caracas in May.Diálogo: Has the Finance Commission been able to carry out an investigation to demonstrate the participation of Maduro and his family in corruption cases?Freddy Superlano, president of the Permanent Finance and Economic Development Commission at the Venezuelan National Assembly: No conclusions as such, because there’s no access to information in Venezuela. Since we entered [the National Assembly in December 2015], we haven’t been able to access information from the Office of the Prosecutor or the Comptroller General. And they prevented officials from appearing with a ruling from the Supreme Court of Justice. However, we’ve exposed the connection of Cilia Flores [Maduro’s wife] to Colombian businessmen involved in corruption with the CLAP delivery [Local Supply and Production Committee], where Maduro misused more than $5 billion. Deputy Américo De Grazia also exposed the participation of Nicolás Maduro’s son, Nicolás Maduro Guerra, in illegal mining in southern Venezuela, as well as high military commands linked to illegal businesses in Petróleos de Venezuela, mining or CLAP. Diálogo: Does Maduro’s son lead a gold smuggling network?Américo De Grazia, representative of the Venezuelan National Assembly: In recent years, we’ve exposed all activities involving corruption; mining extraction in the Orinoco Mining Arc, connections to criminal and terrorist groups such as the National Liberation Army [ELN, in Spanish], Hezbollah, Hamas, armed colectivos, and pranes [gang leaders] organized in unions operating in 51 percent of the national territory, covering Delta Amacuro, Bolívar, and Amazonas states. Nicolás Maduro Guerra, son of Nicolás Maduro Moros, has been obviously involved not only in gold mining, but also coltan and diamonds, with direct links to guard their mining sites. The ELN manages them directly. The colectivos, military, or third parties don’t manage them, nothing like it. Moreover, other Nicolás Maduro Moros relatives, whose names I don’t remember, are involved in gold mining.Diálogo: Can you prove that?De Grazia: In 2016, Venezuelan Army First Lieutenant José Leonardo Cúrvelo was caught in La Romana [a military checkpoint in Bolívar state]. He had a significant amount of bolívares in cash, bound for the mine. That money came from bank accounts of PDVAL [Venezuelan Food Production and Distribution] and MERCAL [Food Market Mission], operated by Cilia Flores’ nephews, and the mission was to take them to the mine for payment. This is in a file that we submitted and presented to the Office of the Attorney General, the Ombudsman’s Office. That file proves the involvement of the Maduro-Flores family in the mining industry. We have the testimony of the First Lieutenant, who is now exiled in Lisbon, Portugal. I’m at the Italian Embassy in Caracas, so I can’t provide names because I don’t have the files, but it has all been proven.Diálogo: Has Maduro designed a criminal network within his government?Superlano: Of course he has. For example, in Cilia Flores’ case her relatives have had high positions within the national government. For example, Carlos Malpica Flores [Cilia Flores’ nephew], chief financial officer for Petróleos de Venezuela and also former national treasurer, is connected to Alejandro Andrade [sentenced to 10 years in a U.S. prison] and Raúl Gorrín [a fugitive from U.S. justice] in a corruption scheme that nears $5 billion in wire transfers made by Gorrín with the National Treasury and Petróleos de Venezuela. It’s also been estimated that transfers might have reached more than $7 billion. But there are also other Maduro family members who are involved in corruption and narcotrafficking, which is the case of two of Cilia Flores’ nephews, who are imprisoned in New York [serving an 18-year sentence] for cocaine trafficking. Evidently, since this lady became president of the National Assembly [2006-2011], she appointed all her family to various positions back then, such as Assembly directors; the Parliament’s roster had also many of Cilia Flores’ relatives. When she entered Miraflores, her nephews [took on roles] at the CICPC [Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigations Corps], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Miraflores Palace, Petróleos de Venezuela, and the National Treasury, among others.Diálogo: How much money has Chavismo stolen during the 20 years of the regime?Superlano: We have an estimate for the 20 years these gentlemen have been in office. We think that the patrimonial damage to the nation is near $350 billion, based on serious investigations several companies carried out, in the case of Petróleos de Venezuela, about $150 billion, or CADIVI [Currency Exchange Administration Commission], with $140 billion. This might not be accurate, since other important corruption cases are not included, for example regarding the electric power, but you can be certain that it isn’t less than $350 billion for the 20 years of the Chavismo-Madurist regime.last_img read more

Islamic Center of Long Island Breaks Ground on $4M Expansion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury is getting a $4 million facelift to meet the needs of a growing Muslim community. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The Islamic Center of Long Island’s long-awaited expansion project has finally become a reality.The Westbury mosque, the oldest on the Island, will undergo a $4 million facelift over the next severals years, a necessary step for the house of worship, its members say, after outgrowing the original building since it first opened its doors more than 30 years ago.“We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” ICLI chairman, Habeeb Ahmed, told the congregation Friday in front of a recently completed $1 million parking lot that has helped ease congestion in the neighborhood.Joining the mosque’s board for the groundbreaking ceremony were dozens of worshipers, religious leaders from other faiths and about a half-dozen local officials who have assisted in the expansion project by educating the surrounding community, including the village’s mayor, Peter Cavallaro, who was praised for his efforts during the process.The plan calls for more classrooms to support the growing number of Muslim families moving into the community, a recreation area, an interfaith center and a space for seniors—or “medicare beneficiaries,” as Dr. Faroque Khan, a member of ICLI’s board of trustees, put it.Khan, who laid out the blueprint for the mosque at his own home three decades ago, said the goal of the project was to turn the mosque into a hub for the entire community—not only Muslims.Related — Muslim Americans: Behind the Veil of a Religion Under Attack“We are putting down a marker and establishing our roots in Nassau County as a very vibrant, progressive Muslim community,” Khan told crowd.ICLI members and local officials celebrate groundbreaking by digging shovels into the ground.The ICLI’s congregation has seen dramatic growth over the years and has become “a model for the entire country,” Khan added.Rev. Mark Lukens of the Interfaith Alliance of Long Island, a group of leaders from many different religions, agrees.“Once again, the ICLI is leading the way in promoting understanding and goodwill between people of faith here on our island,” he said. “And once again, it’s demonstrating by its example that the teachings of Islam, like those of all the world’s great religions, call the faithful to reach out to their neighbors and to fulfill God’s will that we learn from and about one another so that we can live together in harmony and respect.”Cavallaro, the village mayor, put the ICLI’s expansion into the larger social context.“You read everyday in the newspaper and see on the TV everyday—even today if you go home—really negative stuff that would make people of faith like yourselves lose faith in humanity and in man’s ability, I think, to get along with each other,” he said. “But I think this mosque, the way it stands today…in addition to the the expansion project, is really a testament that people of goodwill can still get along and come up with solutions that makes sense for everybody and live in peace.”This is the mosque’s second groundbreaking celebration in as many years.Back in July 2011, they gathered to highlight the expansion of a parking lot to relieve traffic concerns of neighbors in the area.last_img read more

Great wine story in Osijek-Baranja County: 4 vineyards, 4 weekends of wine hedonism

first_img4 vineyards, 4 weekends of wine hedonism Wine from the DanubePhoto: Marko Banić, Archive of the Tourist Board OBŽ With open cellars, visitors will be able to learn something new about wine through organized Small Schools of Wine in each vineyard, enjoy concerts, poetry readings and guided walks through the vineyards. “We believe that enjoying wine, wine cellars and vineyards is the best social remedy after a period of restrictive measures”Concluded Jurić. Tatjana Roth, Head of the Administrative Department for Tourism, Culture and Sports, emphasized the importance of wine as a tourist product of Osijek-Baranja County. “Food and wine are closely linked to the identity and promotion of the destination, and the rich wine-growing area has a significant impact on attracting and attracting tourists to our county. Through the Osijek-Baranja County Wine Month, visitors will have the opportunity to visit our four vineyards and enjoy the beautiful drops produced by our hardworking winemakers who once again showed their readiness to join the event, open cellars and generously welcome guests to present their wines. .” Thus, visitors will be able to enjoy the open cellars of the most famous winemakers from the area of ​​Slavonia and Baranja, which will be open from 10 am to 19 pm. In each vineyard there will be an educational program Little School of Wine where visitors who pre-register will be able to learn a lot about wines, and there will be the usual concerts, exhibitions and poetry readings. Cover photo: Erdut vineyards, Photo: Matija Šćulac, CNTB Archives There will also be a wine safari, guided walks through vineyards and wine cellars with wine tasting, and nature lovers will be able to enjoy, in addition to walking, cycling, triathlon and hiking.  Ivana Jurić, director of the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board, pointed out that this is the first major event since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and due to the epidemiological measures in force, the Open Cellar Days will be dispersed according to the principle “4 vineyards, 4 weekends “To prevent all” wine lovers “from gathering at the same time in the same place. The visit to the Đakovo vineyards is planned at the time of marking the popular Đakovo berths, while the visit to the Erdut vineyards is planned to mark the International Danube Day on June 29. We open the days of open cellars with vineyards Baranja, and we’ve been hanging out there since 12. to 14.06. Next weekend (Saturday) is reserved for the vineyards Feričanci – 20. 6. The weekend after that, 27. and 28.06. is reserved for Erdut vineyards due to the celebration of the International Danube Day 29.06. We taste what the vineyards have to offer Đakovo 3 -. 4.07. at the time of commemoration Đakovo embroidery. The wine month is coming to an end 11.07. s Evenings of wine and art in Osijek, one of the most popular events in Osijek. Also, it is important to point out that the visual of the event is a continuation of the #HeadOnEast brand, premiered at the Days of Croatian Tourism, which delighted with its step forward and communication. #HeadOnEast stays and that’s the best news. Marija Burek, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Đakovo, pointed out the contribution of additional program content to this year’s Đakovo berths. “54. Đakovo berths are held from 3 to 5 July, and the Days of Open Cellars of Osijek-Baranja County are a great opportunity to supplement the program content of this well-known event, which this year, due to the effects of coronavirus, will be held on a smaller scale than previous year. As part of the event, wine cellars will be opened on the wine-tourist road “Zlatarevac” Trnava and the wine-tourist road Mandićevac.” Matej Perkušić, director of the Baranja Tourist Board, pointed out that Baranja, as the flagship of continental tourism, will offer everything that visitors expect from this type of event – quality wines, great food and a beautiful natural environment. “Days of open cellars give us hope, after these difficult times caused by the virus, to offer quality content to many tourists who are already slowly arriving in our area to relax and enjoy” In the end, we should definitely praise the synergy and the completed quality tourist product in four destinations. So far, Slavonia is not too recognized or branded as a wine region, although it certainly is. In fact, in Slavonia there are top and famous wineries such as: Ilok cellars, Belje, Erdut vineyards, Feravino, Kutjevo, Daruvar winery, as well as many other famous top winemakers such as Josic, Kalazic, Krauthaker, Galic, Enjingi, Antunovic Turk , Papak and many others. The Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board and the Osijek-Baranja County are organizing a wine month, respectively “Open basement days” in period of 12.06. to 11.07.2020. in principle – 4 vineyards, 4 weekends of wine hedonism. Certainly, such events are more than ideal as a motive for coming as well as branding Slavonia as a top wine region. “About ten days ago, we came up with a formula to make an event without a large concentration of people in one place, so we do a dispersed event Days of Open Cellars Osijek-Baranja County, which are held in accordance with the National Crisis Staff. The event is held in our four vineyards – Baranja, Feričanac, Erdut and Đakovo vineyards, while the finale will be held in Osijek, with the Evening of Wine and Art, one of the largest wine events in Osijek-Baranja County.”last_img read more

The charm is in the property, not in the location

first_imgThe home at 204 Stradbroke Ave, Wynnum.A RELOCATED 1930s Queenslander that once stood on Chestnut St has sold before auction in Wynnum.Sash & Gable marketing agent Gail Gobey said the four-bedroom property, now at 204 Stradbroke Ave, sold for an undisclosed amount just before it was due to go under the hammer. “The sellers and the buyers were ecstatic,” she said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at when it was at 85 Chestnut St, Wynnum.Ms Gobey said the beautifully presented home attracted strong interest during the marketing campaign. “We had 41 groups through,” she said. “We did have a couple of offers prior to auction but it was towards the 11th hour that the final offer came in. The home at 85 Chestnut St, Wynnum in 1992.“The (vendors) were really happy with the price and it was timed perfectly as they are moving out of the area.”Ms Gobey said the two-storey home began its life on an 809sq m block at 85 Chestnut St before it was moved to 204 Stradbroke Ave after selling in the 1990s. The upstairs area of the property still has many original features, including tongue and groove walls, fretwork and timber floors. The front veranda was also reopened after the home was moved.last_img read more

Real reason why the NCA refused to conduct a fitness test for Jasprit Bumrah…

first_imgAdvertisement 1qmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs56ozsmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E95l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) u5jdWould you ever consider trying this?😱ad8Can your students do this? 🌚7jlalnRoller skating! Powered by Firework NCA’s refusal at conducting a fitness test for the speedster, Jasprit Bumrah has been making headlines for the last few weeks. Apparently, India team’s fast bowler wanted the NCA to conduct a fitness test for him and declare him fit, but the NCA refused to do it. Questions have been directed at the Director of National Cricket Academy (NCA), Rahul Dravid, but he has not opened about the issue yet. But another source has come out into the open and shed some light into Bumrah’s case.Advertisement The source, he wanted to remain anonymous, claimed that Rahul had no problem conducting a fitness test for the young cricketer, Jasprit Bumrah; he had instead told him to bring his physiotherapist from the India team to conduct the test at the NCA. The problem was not in conducting the test but the consequences that the NCA would have to face later on. Bumrah was allowed to use all the facilities at the NCA, but Dravid denied his request of a recruiting the NCA staff to conduct his fitness test. Since Bumrah was treated by a different physiotherapist in the India team, his case was not known to the NCA staff. None of the staff had worked with him prior to the injury or immediately after the injury, so they were not at the position to conduct a test at the very last minute and declare him fit. IF he gets injured again in the same place, then the NCA and Rahul Dravid will be blamed.Advertisement “He was told to get whoever he wanted and do the test here. Last-minute, you land up and ask us to conduct fitness test (but) how can we? Nobody knows his case. NCA trainers have not trained with him even one day, they have not treated him for four months. How can they be asked to conduct the test? Please don’t recruit the NCA staff to give the test and pass you. Because what happens is if something goes wrong, again the NCA will be blamed. No professional will agree to do this,” he said.The NCA has been blamed before for declaring Hardik Pandey fit to play in the Test Series last year. The source further revealed the NCA’s physiotherapy department was pressured from the top to make such a declaration.Advertisement Sony Sports Weekly Listings | 23rd December to 29th December 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more