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Venezuelan 'agent' admits cash plot
Argentina and Venezuela denounce the US investigation as politically motivated.
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2008 02:48 GMT
The cash was alleged to have been destined
for Cristina Kirchner's election campaign [AFP] 
A Venezuelan man has pleaded guilty in a US court to involvement in a plot to cover up the source of $800,000 seized in Buenos Aires that was allegedly destined for the electoral campaign of Cristina Kirchner, now Argentina's president.
Moses Maionica admitted acting as an unregistered Venezuelan agent and could face up to 15 years in jail.
Maionica and four others are charged with attempting to hide the origin and destination of the money, which was allegedly carried from Caracas to Buenos Aires in August, where customs officials seized it.

Argentina and Venezuela have both denounced the US investigation as politically motivated.
Guido Antonini Wilson, a dual US-Venezuelan citizen now wanted by Argentina on money laundering charges, is alleged to have carried the money between Caracas and Buenos Aires.
 
Antonini was reported to be a passenger on a chartered plane that also carried officials from Venezuela's state oil company.
 
An unidentified passenger allegedly asked him to carry the cash in a suitcase through customs in Buenos Aires, prosecutors at the Miami court on Friday said.
 
'Venezuelan intelligence'

US investigators later wired him with a recording device in Florida and gathered evidence against the alleged Venezuelan agents who pressured him to conceal the money's source, according to court documents.
 
Maionica admitted arranging calls between Antonini and a senior official in Venezuela's intelligence agency, which the FBI said it recorded.
 
He also admitted meeting Antonini and the other alleged agents - Venezuelans Carlos Kauffmann and Franklin Duran and a Uruguayan man, Rodolfo Wanseele.
 
They have pleaded not guilty and face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted at a trial set for March.
 
Another Venezuelan man charged in connection to the case has not been found.
 
Ruben Oliva, Maionica's lawyer, said his client had been in the US getting ready to take a cruise, and got involved in the scheme after he received a call from a senior Venezuelan official asking him to help Antonini Wilson.
 
Kirchner was elected president of Argentina in October 2007. Maionica is due to be sentenced on April 4.
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