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US sanctions Venezuelan state-owned gold mining company Minerven

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Staff Writer | March 20, 2019
The U.S. on Tuesday blacklisted Venezuela's state-owned gold mining company CVG Compania General de Mineria de Venezuela CA, or Minerven, in its latest effort to clamp down on the country's gold trade.
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Minerven President Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata was also designated in a pair of actions the Treasury Department said are aimed at curtailing Venezuela's "illicit gold operations that have continued to prop up the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro".

"We will aggressively pursue those involved with Maduro’s reckless illicit gold trade which is contributing to this financial, humanitarian and environmental crisis," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The Treasury Department said the mining and sale of gold has been one of the Venezuelan government's "most lucrative financial schemes in recent years".

Minerven is the only state processor of gold in Venezuela, it said.

Any property owned by Minerven or its president is subject to U.S. jurisdiction and U.S. citizens are generally prohibited from doing business with them as a result of Tuesday's blacklistings.