Joselit Ramírez is accused of money laundering, corruption and treason.
Some of the money from the sale of oil was exchanged for cryptocurrencies.
In a press conference offered on March 25, Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab spoke about the trial of Joselit Ramírez, the former crypto-assets superintendent who was arrested by the National Anti-Corruption Police a week ago.
In their statements The prosecutor confirmed that after several months of surveillance, a network of officials exploiting their position and powers was discovered performed parallel operations through the state-owned company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
“Among those officials was Joselit Ramírez, who brought the National Superintendence of Cryptoactives and Related Activities (Sunacrip) into the network,” the prosecutor said.
Saab explains that from Pdvsa Sunacrip has been given the management of vessels carrying crude oil cargo. This happened in parallel without any kind of administrative control or guarantees contrary to the contractual provisions necessary for this.
He added that after the allocated crude oil was marketed, the corresponding payments to the oil company were bypassed. All this in the midst of a corruption plot which he gave the name “PDVSA-Crypto”.“and attended by hundreds of former officials and businessmen, including the Superintendent of Crypto Assets.
It adds that the money from the sale of oil was used and not handed over to PDVSA for the commercialization of cryptocurrencies. A conglomerate of trading companies was also used to legitimize the capital received.
Saab declined to disclose the amount of money the suspects appropriated. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to give numbers at this time, but some have been ruthlessly disseminated,” he said.
He thus referred to the information widely disseminated in the media and social networks, who is talking The $3 billion gonefrom selling 120 million barrels of oil in 2022.
For the prosecutor, it does not correspond to the prosecution to talk about the amount stolen, although he announced it were able to confiscate many of the assets and real estate acquired by the detainees. “It will soon be up to us to state the exact amount of property damage caused,” he said.
Regarding further steps, he reiterated the deprivation of liberty of the detainees, who are accused of corruption, money laundering and treason. They will attempt to apply the maximum penalty . He also said that the names of people not involved were circulating on the networks and that the fight against corruption “had no political color”.
As CriptoNoticias recently reported, the Venezuelan prosecutor stated that the presidency of the republic “led the crusade to expose the corruption network that has been underway since last year”.
Theories are confirmed and the Bitcoin ecosystem remains in the dark
Saab’s statements confirm many of the theories that have been put forward about the reasons for Ramírez’s arrest. They reveal that former Superintendent Sunacrip implicated in actions that may have attempted to circumvent sanctionsimposed by the United States, which, however, led to acts of corruption.
Now the consequences of the fall have not only affected the organism But to the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem of Venezuela. The hardest hit were bitcoin miners, who were ordered to shut down their machines while a new board takes over Sunacrip’s reorganization.