| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Venezuela arrests tax official

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

CARACAS — A top official at Venezuela's tax collection agency has been arrested on suspicion of corruption, and cash worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was seized from an apartment, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday.

Maduro said in televised comments during a visit to the western state of Lara that the National Integrated Service of Tax Administration official was detained on Wednesday evening.

He did not identify the person by name but said a search of a “luxurious” flat in eastern Caracas turned up the equivalent of about $630,000 in bolivares, Venezuela's currency.

“I am announcing a battle against corruption. ... Do you think we can move toward socialism ... with corrupt people like this?” Maduro said.

Two weeks ago, an official at the agency that oversees pricing was also arrested on suspicion of extortion and illegal weapons possession.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Russia confirms its jet shot down near Turkish border
  2. Pakistani doctor who led CIA to bin Laden stuck in prison
  3. Social media drives Cuban exodus to United States
  4. State Department issues global travel alert
  5. Noncombat deadly for military civilians working in Afghanistan
  6. Brussels stays on high alert over serious, imminent threat
  7. At least 20 killed after jihadists attack Malian hotel
  8. Putin in Iran for talks focusing on Syria
  9. Prosecutor: Paris attacks mastermind not arrested in raid
  10. Boko Haram kills dozens in Nigeria in suicide bombings
  11. Using cellphones, Pakistan makes inroads in war against polio