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Ex-Florida congressman who lobbied on behalf of Venezuela arrested

Added 12-06-22 01:18:03am EST - “Former Republican Florida Rep. David Rivera was arrested Monday on federal criminal charges of money laundering and representing a foreign government without registering. Rivera, who represented a ?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Ex-Florida congressman who lobbied on behalf of Venezuela arrested”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former Republican Florida Rep. David Rivera was arrested Monday on federal criminal charges of money laundering and representing a foreign government without registering.

Rivera, who represented a Miami-area district in Congress from 2011 to 2013, had signed a $50 million consulting agreement with a state-owned Venezuelan oil company in the early days of the Trump administration as the socialist country sought to normalize relations between the U.S. and Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. 

Rivera was arrested at an Atlanta airport and had bailed himself out of jail by Monday afternoon after an appearance in federal court, according to the Associated Press.

According to an eight-count indictment against Rivera and his former political consultant, Esther Nuhfer, the former congressman was involved in a conspiracy to lobby on behalf of Venezuela to improve its standing with the US, resolve legal dispute involving a Venezuelan oil company, and end U.S. sanctions against the socialist country while not registering as a foreign agent.

“It was the purpose of the conspiracy for the defendants to unlawfully enrich themselves by engaging in political activities in the United States on behalf of the government of Venezuela, and by representing the interests of the government of Venezuela before officials of the of the United States government and in an effort to influence United States foreign policy,” the 34-page indictment against Rivera and Nuhfer states.

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