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November 2018

Source: Pedro Binaggia helped launder 1.5bn through EFG

A source has informed this site that Pedro Binaggia, banker to fugitive Francisco Convit in a $1.2 billion money laundering scheme centered at PDVSA, was instrumental -in bringing to Switzerland's bank EFG International- as much as $1.5 billion as part of a previous money laundering exercise, involving PDVSA, Rafael Ramirez, Juan Andres Wallis, Danilo Diazgranados, Nervis Villa

Miami court recommends dismissal of PDVSA Litigation Trust claim

Yesterday afternoon documents were filed in the docket of PDVSA US Litigation Trust v Lukoil, Helsinge, Glencore, Trafigura et al. Judge Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes concluded that David Boies / PDVSA Litigation Trust had no standing, that Boies "failed to support that it holds a valid assignment from PDVSA", and that Litigation Trust's formation was invalid as per current Venezuelan law. Pretty damning stuff (see pdf below). That was to be expected, of course.

PDVSA 1.2bn Money Laundering Scheme: Abraham Ortega pleads guilty, more to come...

The U.S. Deparment of Justice announced yesterday that Abraham Ortega, a former PDVSA finance exec, pleaded guilty: "Former Executive Director at Venezuelan State-Owned Oil Company, Petroleos De Venezuela, S.A., Pleads Guilty to Role in Billion-Dollar Money Laundering Conspiracy" A Factual Profer of case (1:18-cr-20685-KMW) was released with the announcement (see below).