The Wall Street Journal: U.S. poised to file sanctions, criminal charges over Venezuela food-program fraud

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is preparing measures ranging from criminal charges to sanctions against people it believes to be involved in Venezuela’s military-run emergency food program, according to U.S. officials, part of an effort to target what they describe as a large-scale money-laundering operation run by the government.

The measures are expected to be rolled out in coming weeks and months, in a bid to increase pressure on the Caracas regime. The U.S. and many other countries have recognized the political opposition as Venezuela’s legitimate government, but President Nicolás Maduro — supported by Cuba and Russia — has held on to power, squelching a recent U.S.

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