MIAMI – According to the Miami Herald the Venezuelan magnate Roberto Rincón was arrested in Houston on Friday by U.S. authorities on charges involving money laundering.
The businessman is linked to the state-owned Petroleum of Venezuela and to former Venezuela Military Intelligence Director Hugo Carvajal.
Rincón will appear in federal court early next week.
The sources said that Rincón was arrested under suspicion that he violated the sanctions established by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and for participating in a large scale money-laundering operation in Venezuela.
Details of the charges haven’t been revealed yet.
Two other people were arrested in connection to the case.
Rincón, who amassed a fortune thanks to big contracts with Petroleum of Venezuela, attracted the attention of authorities shortly after Carvajal’s arrest in Aruba. Carvajal had been traveling in a private plane belonging to Rincón.
For years, Rincón has benefited from big petroleum contracts obtained through his businesses, which included the Tradequip firm.