The man responsible for the administration of Venezuela’s cryptocurrency, Petro, Joselit Ramírez, is wanted by the US government for money laundering and other crimes.
The head of Venezuela’s cryptocurrency agency is now a wanted man.
US Immigration and Customs, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, today released a bulletin adding Joselit Ramírez, head of the National Cryptinvestment Superintendency (Sunacrip), to his list of most wanted fugitives.
And the US government is now offering a $ 5 million reward to anyone offering information that leads to the arrest or conviction of Ramírez, which ICE claims to have “deep political, social and economic ties to several alleged narcotics chiefs”. Ramírez is wanted for “money laundering and evasion of sanctions”.
The move comes on the same day that the Venezuelan government started accepting the cryptocurrency for gasoline purchases. Last week, Venezuela received several shipments of gasoline from Iran, avoiding sanctions imposed by the United States.
Ramírez has been head of Venezuela’s cryptocurrency department since June 2018. His predecessor was Carlos Vargas, a well-known congressman and opposition leader who later worked with the Nicolas Maduro government during the petro’s birth.
According to the ICE statement, Ramírez, 33, “was indicted in the Southern District of New York for violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the Kingpin Act and other sanctions imposed by the Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury (OFAC). “
Earlier this year, the US government announced that it was investigating Ramírez for his ties to other allegedly corrupt Venezuelan officials. At that time, the US offered a reward of $ 15 million for the capture of President Maduro and $ 10 million for other prominent officials, such as Cliver Alcala, Diosdado Cabello, Hugo Carvajal and Tareck el Aisammi.
– Marbellis Linares (@marbeclinares) June 1, 2020
Today, Venezuelan journalist Marbellis Linares posted a photo of Ramírez on Twitter, in which the Sunacrip boss appeared to be working in his office and apparently unaffected by the ICE announcement.