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Ex-Miami Congressman Arrested Over Venezuelan Consulting Deal

  • US alleges David Rivera illegally acted as Venezuelan agent
  • Controversy over $50 million PDVSA contract dates back to 2020

A former Miami congressman was arrested on charges that he engaged in consultancy work for a US unit of PDVSA as a front for acting as an agent of the Venezuelan government.

David Rivera, who was arrested at an airport in Atlanta on Monday, allegedly tried to influence US foreign policy towards the South American country without registering as a foreign agent, according to an indictment unsealed Monday by federal prosecutors.