Former Bolivian Inside Minister Arturo Murillo, seen right here at a press convention in La Paz in October 2020, has been jailed in the USA for cash laundering – Copyright POOL/AFP Stefan Rousseau
A former Bolivian cupboard minister was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in jail in Florida on Wednesday after pleading responsible to cash laundering in a bribery scheme, the US Justice Division stated.
Arturo Murillo, 58, obtained not less than $532,000 in bribe funds from a Florida firm to assist it win a $5.6 million contract to provide tear gasoline and different non-lethal gear to the protection ministry Bolivian
Murillo was inside minister within the right-wing interim administration of Jeanine Anez, who took over Bolivia’s authorities in 2019 after the ouster of Evo Morales.
He was indicted and pleaded responsible to 1 rely of conspiracy to commit cash laundering on October 20.
4 individuals helped Murillo launder the bribe cash via U.S. banks, together with one in Miami, the place Murillo obtained $130,000 in money funds, the Justice Division stated.
The opposite 4 within the operation pleaded responsible final 12 months and had been sentenced in June to 42 months in jail.
Murillo faces as much as 10 years in jail.