The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Gustavo Adolfo Vizcaíno Gil and Juan Carlos Dugarte Padrón for participating in corruption linked to Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship.
In April 2016, Dugarte was appointed Director General of the Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Aliens (SAIME). While in that position he received bribes and participated in different corruption businesses related to the sale of passports.
In June 2018, Vizcaíno was appointed new General Director of SAIME, replacing Dugarte. Since the fall of 2018, SAIME and Vizcaíno officials have been involved in corruption, charging passport applicants thousands of dollars and transferring those funds to foreign personal bank accounts.
In addition, under Vizcaíno’s leadership, SAIME sold passports to non-Venezuelan citizens for thousands of dollars per passport, and SAIME staff were members of illegitimate armed groups of usurper Nicolás Maduro known as collectives.
With these sanctions, all assets and interests in the property of these dictatorship officials, individually or with other designated persons, whether in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, will be blocked.