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Three Families in Mexico Fatten their Fortunes with Venezuela’s Claps

While the key role of Colombian entrepreneurs Alex Saab Morán and Álvaro Pulido Vargas in the import scheme of Nicolás Maduro’s Government program has come to light, almost nothing has been said about the participation of the traders who act as suppliers from Mexico. These are economic groups that, even before doing business with Venezuela, were not alien to public controversy.

04/11/2018 11:56:11

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On October 18, the Attorney General of Mexico revealed the findings of an investigation into the financial operations behind the purchases of food in that country by intermediaries of the Government of Nicolás Maduro for the state program of the Local Committee for Supply and Production (Clap). The assistant attorney general specialized in organized crime investigation, Israel Lira, defined it as a "fraudulent scheme" of "unusual operations" by companies and people who sold "low-quality" products with "overpricing" to Venezuela.

At that time, the official statement of the Mexican agency only referred to the cast of characters that move around the scheme of import intermediation of Colombian entrepreneurs Alex Nain Saab Morán and Álvaro Pulido Vargas. But did not made an allusion to the suppliers, a trio of business groups in Mexico that hold in their few hands a billion-dollar business.