Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Hugo Chavez spreads corruption with his petro dollars

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Another scandal has erupted over Venezuelans allegedly carrying large amounts of money around Latin America -- this time a man identified as an armed forces intelligence captain found with some $800,000 in Bolivia.

A Bolivian police commander said the man was carrying a contract worth $870,000, not cash. But opposition Sen. Walter Guiteras and a community activist said he had $827,000 in cash.

Luís Michel Klein Ferrer was found Dec. 6 in the Bolivian provincial town of Riberalta after a Venezuelan air force C-130 cargo plane took off without him when residents opposed to Venezuela's influence in Bolivia began throwing rocks at the aircraft.