Maduro’s Illegitimate Diplomats Steal Art from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC
The illegitimate Chavista diplomatic corps has stolen millions in artwork from Venezuela's Washington DC embassy, prompting outrage.
The illegitimate Chavista diplomatic corps has stolen at least three important works of art from the headquarters of the Venezuelan embassy in the United States; these are paintings by Armando Reverón, Héctor Poleo and Manuel Cabré.
The legitimate ambassador of Venezuela in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, denounced that under the tenure of Maduro’s envoys, the mission stole these works of art, which belong to the Venezuelan state.
A work by Maestro Armando Reverón is quoted in the world art market at USD $300,000; one by Héctor Poleo is valued at USD $200,000, and there is a further work by Manuel Cabré. It has been estimated that the robbery perpetrated by the Chavista diplomatic corps is around one million dollars.
Chavista officials left Venezuela’s embassy in Washington in a precarious situation.
In March 2019, Maduro’s diplomats at the Venezuelan embassy in Lima also committed furniture theft; late at night they fled the diplomatic headquarters and hired a truck to remove furniture and computer equipment, among other things. These are assets that belong to the Venezuelan state and which Chavista officials sought to appropriate for their own personal use.
But Chavista diplomats have not only stolen furniture and works of art, but also appropriated money through fraudulent transactions.
As soon as the United States recognized Carlos Vecchio as ambassador of interim President Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan Chavista embassy made fraudulent transactions to the tune of almost a million dollars, and a good part of that money went to the Chavez delegation at the UN, headed by Samuel Moncada. It is unknown what happened to that money.
Samuel Moncada, the representative of Nicolás Maduro at the United Nations Organization (UN), is alleged to have committed fraud for tens of thousands of dollars, but the UN is currently supporting him as a representative of the dictatorship and keeps him “armored” with diplomatic credentials.
Investigations carried out by the representatives of President Guaidó in the United States reveal that Moncada registered fraudulent transactions amounting to USD $f250,000.
The accountability report that reached the National Assembly reports operations in Venezuelan bank accounts in the United States amounting to USD $935,366.95, which were made by representatives of Maduro from January 25 to February 19, when they were no longer legitimate diplomatic officials.
Despite the illegal transaction, Moncada remains as Maduro’s representative at the UN, since this agency does not yet recognize Guaidó as president of Venezuela, which allows the Chavsitas to maintain their diplomatic shield.
Moncada’s fingerprints are all over the money transferred from the accounts of the Venezuelan State. The day his UN accreditations are withdrawn, he could be detained or investigated for the illegal handling of Venezuelan money.
On March 29, the United States government terminated the G-1 visas, which allowed Samuel Moncada and his colleagues, at the United Nations, to have the privileges of diplomats duly accredited and recognized by the White House. That same date they were notified that they would be given G-3 visas, which are the ones given by the State Department to regime officials that it does not recognize; therefore, they cannot leave New York City.
In April, both the government of the United States and those of Colombia and Peru, strongly expressed their rejection of the presence of Moncada in the Security Council and placed on the table the option of withdrawing his credentials.
The theft continues
Samuel Moncada, the illegitimate ambassador, said on August 6 that the Venezuelan state pays its mission employees in the agency “without using bank accounts”, as a result of the sanctions of the United States. However, he did not clarify where that money came from.
“It’s complicated. It is very complicated…We have not been able to get a single dollar through a bank account or a bank in the US in more than a year,” he said.
When asked if payments are made in cryptocurrencies, or with oil or gold, Moncada simply replied: “Think about it and imagine how it can be done, but I’m not going to say it because we also need to protect the way we work,” he said. .