PDVSA worker jailed for corruption

Dr. Evil voice: Ten thoooooousand bolivars

Dr. Evil voice: Ten thoooooousand bolivars

The crackdown is here! Maduro is serious about the war on corruption. Venezuela news aggregator Etorno Inteligente reports (my translation):

The attorney general jailed engineer Milton Ramón Caldera Rodríguez, apprehended November 5 2013 for allegedly soliciting 18,000 bolivars and approving a security performance evaluation for the company Hidrolab Toro Consultores CA, service provider to Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)…

The judge sentenced Caldera to imprisonment at the police station … of Barinas….

On Tuesday, October 30, 2013, the PDVSA engineer may have solicited the amount of 18,000 bolivars from a representative of Hidrolab Toro Consultores CA in order to approve a security performance evaluation. …The company complained to the Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional (Sebin).

On November 5 … Caldera was called to the Altos Barinas hotel where the money was handed over. After receiving the money he was detained by Sebin officers…

18,000 bolivars. The current parallel rate in Venezuela is 55 bolivars to the dollar, even though the government has resorted to its most overt Great Firewall type tactics ever to keep people from knowing that.*

This engineer was detained for demanding a bribe of US$327.27.

Or to put it in upper middle class purchasing power terms, that would buy the engineer a nice steak dinner out for a family of four (3,000), a large Christmas tree (3,000), an off-brand polo shirt (1,100), a Samsung Galaxy S I9000 (3,500) and a new bumper for a Toyota 4×4 (8,000).

Or in even simpler terms: less than the price of a new IPhone 4S.

So please remember that, PDVSA workers. You can’t go demanding bribes. You need to wait for the vendor to suggest it to you.

* Yes, Dolar Today is being blocked by all ISPs, as is the Twitter link-shortener bit.ly. as the brainiac Cuban, Iranian or Chinese people running the country’s censorship program don’t realize that Dolar Today uses goo.gl and that blocking bit.ly just cuts people off from everything else.

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14 thoughts on “PDVSA worker jailed for corruption

  1. Kepler

    Is Ramírez going to jail also for the additional 500 million dollars PDVSA paid? I suppose not…was just asking, man!

    ¡Pobre país!

    1. Kepler

      sorry, I meant “paid for that drilling island that sank”. I am sure he allowed for the over-billing of many more hundreds of millions of dollars.

      1. Rafael Vivas

        Gentlemen : What is reported is only the tip of a huge iceberg,, If Dr Coronel only knew about the 1.3 billion USD deal that replaced the Abba Evan Rig scandal he would have a fit !! Moreover ordinary people dont have the capacity to understand these heinous acts of corruption,, they are elaborate, ,complicated to explain,, involve the use of information which is very technical ,and generally are too distant from the familiar notions that people use in their everyday lives to be meaningful to them , thus their indifference !!. But the corruption itself falls short from causing the harm that the blunders of these people cause the country in the way they run , things and plan the activities under their control.

  2. Boludo Tejano

    So please remember that, PDVSA workers. You can’t go demanding bribes. You need to wait for the vendor to suggest it to you.

    Which reminds me of what an Argentine who had worked in Venezuela several decades ago told me about the differences between the two countries. He said that in both countries, officials wanted bribes to transact their duties. In Argentina, he said, officials never stated they wanted a bribe, but expected the client/vendor to offer one- and without the bribe, nothing would get done. He preferred the Venezuelan approach to bribery, where officials were quite open about soliciting bribes. In Venezuela, he said, at least you knew where you stood.

    Times have changed, apparently.

    The only experience I had with bribes in Venezuela was in paying off highway patrolmen. I suspected that the Police Academy had instructed its students on the proper way to solicit a bribe, because the cops had very similar solicitation spiels. But only ~$20, which would be ~ $50-$60 today. All put on expense account. My manager told me when I arrived in Venezuela how to finesse bribes- put them down as meals with PDVSA personnel.

  3. westslope

    Hilarious post setty.

    Thanks for sharing Boludo Tejano. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It will likely take decades to purge this corrupt behaviour.

  4. gordo

    This situation reminds me of a joke:
    One night, I was walking along the sidewalk and there was a man on his hands and knees. I stopped and asked him what he was doing… and he replied that he is looking for a contact lens. So, I offered to help, and I asked him: “where were you when when it fell to the grown?” He replied that he was in the alley behind us. So, I asked him why he wasn’t looking in the alley? He replied: “The light is better here!”

    So, I imagine it’s the same thing. Maduro is looking for corruption where the light is better!

  5. Arturo

    Setty – “the brainiac Cuban, Iranian or Chinese people running the country’s censorship “. 1) You know that this is bullshot. 2) Do you suffer from psychotic xenophobia or are you just an a**hole poisoned by watching Globo for a decade or more?

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      You’re a pathetic worm, “Arturo.” If you’re going to walk into my house and insult me, don’t use lily-livered words like “bullshot” and a**hole.

      Anyway, I was an asshole a long time before I ever heard of Globovisión. So I have plenty of experience in telling useless shitstains like yourself to fuck off. Feel free to come back if you have anything to add to the conversation.

  6. westslope

    Yeah setty, gotta know. Was that in metaphorical gest or were you literally suggesting Cubans, Iranians and Chinese are running Venezuela’s censorship?

    Psychotic xenophobia, eh? Does that mean that if many foreigners rush a person suffering from that ailment that the person’s heart literally implodes from the stress induced by the psychosis?

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      All I know is that this type of selective firewall behaviour is more typical of Iran and China than anything we’ve seen previously in Venezuela.

  7. vijay

    327.27 is not bad at all. For me, the cost of flying there, and waiting around the head offices, asking for payment of December 2012 task orders and vouchers , is too much.

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