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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Venezuela is seeking the extradition of a former government official who now lives in Palm Beach County.

Alejandro Andrade was Venezuela’s treasurer. Earlier the week, U.S. prosecutors announced that he had pleaded guilty to accepting over $1 billion in bribes in a far-reaching corruption probe.

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said his office has launched a case against Andrade, a former bodyguard for the late-President Hugo Chavez who ascended the ranks to become Venezuela’s treasurer.

After leaving office, Andrade, 54, moved to Wellington.

“This person lives in the United States,” said Saab, whose office is asking Interpol to issue an order for Andrade’s detention. “We expect that the United State of America will hand him over to Venezuela.”

Miami prosecutors said that Andrade pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in an indictment unsealed this week.

U.S. officials also this week revealed they had indicted Raul Gorrin, a Venezuelan media tycoon close to President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government who is accused of paying millions in bribes to Andrade and other officials in exchange for lucrative foreign currency deals.

Rigid currency controls in place in Venezuela for over a decade have been a major driver of graft, allowing a privileged few to purchase hard currency from the government at the overvalued official exchange rate and resell on the black market for huge profits.

A Miami resident, Gorrin helped purchase Globovision in 2013 and softened anti-government coverage after becoming president of the popular TV network.

Saab didn’t say whether he’s investigating the 50-year-old Gorrin. Authorities in the U.S. have said that Andrade will forfeit property, horses, vehicles, and aircraft.

The far-reaching corruption case also netted Gabriel Arturo Jimenez, a 50-year-old Venezuelan and former owner of a bank in the Dominican Republic. He lives in Chicago.

Jimenez admitted in court to conspiring with Gorrin and others to buy the bank for the purpose of laundering money obtained through bribery, U.S. prosecutors said.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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