23 de marzo de 2016 10:09 AM
Actualizado el 23 de marzo de 2016 14:42 PM
Venezuelan businessman Abraham José Shiera on Tuesday pleaded guilty to having paid USD 1 billion in bribes to a number of officials of state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) in exchange for energy contracts, legal sources told Efe.
US authorities last year arrested Shiera and businessman Roberto Rincón, who will face trial at a Texas-based court, according to legal sources, Efe highlighted.
Shiera, who lives in Miami (Florida), pleaded guilty in a federal court in Houston, Texas, to charges that he engaged in a conspiracy and violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), aimed at fighting bribery from US companies to foreign businesspersons or officials.
According to court documents, Judge Gray H. Miller will render a decision against Shiera on July 8 this year.
The indictment mentions yet fails to identify five Pdvsa officials who allegedly received bribes in the form of money and presents.