Venezuela’s Comptroller General, Elvis Amoroso, asked the Superintendency of Banking Sector Institutions (Sudeban) this week to block the bank accounts of National Assembly President Juan Guaidó and former Congressman Julio Borges. According to the Comptroller General, both officials “squandered” humanitarian aid funds sent to the country from abroad. Neither Guaidó nor Borges have made any statements on the matter. In the next few days Sudeban will have to decide whether or not to freeze the accounts of the officials.
Amoroso indicated that Borges had accepted more than US$ 52 million from the U.S. government and then deposited it in Juan Guaidó’s account, adding that Guaidó’s entourage had committed the crime of money laundering and illicit enrichment.
This is not the first time that Guaidó’s entourage has been suspected of corruption. In mid-June, a group of officials and military personnel close to Guaidó now based in Colombia had been mentioned in connection with the alleged misappropriation of humanitarian aid. At the time, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, had called for the facts of the case be investigated, but so far the defendants have not been found guilty.