FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2013 file photo, Venezuela's Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez attends a signing ceremony with the Russian energy company Rosneft in Caracas, Venezuela, in front of a large image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. U.S. prosecutors believe Ramirez received bribes as part of an alleged multibillion-dollar graft scheme in Venezuela's oil industry, an official familiar with the U.S. investigation said Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Ramirez has called a separate criminal Venezuelan probe retaliation for his decision to break with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, who he has accused of running Venezuela's once-thriving oil industry into the ground and abandoning the socialist ideals of the late Hugo Chavez.
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2013 file photo, Venezuela's Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez attends a signing ceremony with the Russian energy company Rosneft in Caracas, Venezuela, in front of a large image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. U.S. prosecutors believe Ramirez received bribes as part of an alleged multibillion-dollar graft scheme in Venezuela's oil industry, an official familiar with the U.S. investigation said Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Ramirez has called a separate criminal Venezuelan probe retaliation for his decision to break with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, who he has accused of running Venezuela's once-thriving oil industry into the ground and abandoning the socialist ideals of the late Hugo Chavez. Ariana Cubillos, File AP Photo
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2013 file photo, Venezuela's Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez attends a signing ceremony with the Russian energy company Rosneft in Caracas, Venezuela, in front of a large image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. U.S. prosecutors believe Ramirez received bribes as part of an alleged multibillion-dollar graft scheme in Venezuela's oil industry, an official familiar with the U.S. investigation said Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Ramirez has called a separate criminal Venezuelan probe retaliation for his decision to break with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, who he has accused of running Venezuela's once-thriving oil industry into the ground and abandoning the socialist ideals of the late Hugo Chavez. Ariana Cubillos, File AP Photo

Official: US says ex-Venezuela oil czar took bribes

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