The State Department announced a $10 million reward on Oct. 22 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a Colombian national that the United States accused of partaking in a bribery scheme. Colombian national Alvaro Pulido Vargas and four others were charged on Oct. 21 by the Department of Justice. They were accused of bringing Venezuelan government officials to obtain inflated contracts to import and distribute food and medicine through a state-run program called CLAP. The individuals also allegedly laundered the proceeds of the contracts. The State Department on Friday recounted the details of their alleged crimes. “Beginning in 2015, Pulido and others began working to obtain or retain contracts to provide food to the Venezuelan people. Pulido and his co-conspirators allegedly marked-up the cost of producing the boxes of food in order to make a personal profit from their production,” the statement reads. “From this cost mark-up, the …


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