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FBI Agents Raid Puerto Rico Bank Amid Venezuela Sanction Probe

SAN JUAN — FBI agents have raided a bank in Puerto Rico amid allegations over violations of U.S. sanctions imposed on those who do business with Venezuela’s government.

FBI spokesman Luis Rivera-Santana said that agents today had a search warrant to identify funds that might be linked to entities or individuals on the sanction list.

Rivera-Santana said federal officials suspect someone might have used the bank to launder money from a person or entity on that list.

No one has been arrested.

The name of the bank is BSJI and it is based in the capital of San Juan.

It lists contact numbers for the U.S. and Venezuela and states that it offers financial services to international customers.

The bank did not immediately return a request for comment.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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