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General Rangel Gómez Under the Shadow of his Son-In-Law's Business in Mexico

The former chavista governor of the State of Bolívar from 2004 to 2017 changed overnight from excessive media exhibitionism to low profile. His departure to Mexico completed the circle of the retirement plan he had been preparing while on civil service. He was now staying in the same country where the businesses of his daughter's husband flourished, which he had significantly fostered from his positions in Guayana. Now, with financial sanctions imposed on him by Canada and the United States, Francisco José Rangel Gómez prefers to stay under the radar.

01/09/2019 12:04:29

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Nobody answers the door of house No. 301 at Manuel Ávila Camacho 88 boulevard, in the luxurious Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, in Mexico City. The problem is not just the door. Nobody answers the phone either.

“I have been here for 25 years and there has never been any company, let alone metal companies,” says Juan Martín Sánchez Fregoso, a neighbor. But there are documents that confirm that this is the headquarters of a company that a couple of years ago acted as a shipping agent and trader of metals, owned by Carlos Rodrigo González Piazza, husband of María Eugenia Rangel Escobar, daughter of the former governor of the State of Bolívar?the rich mining, industrial and hydropower province of southern Venezuela?retired General of the Army Division, Francisco Rangel Gómez, currently sanctioned by USA and Canada.