Oilman catches sentencing break for exposing Venezuela graft

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Oilman catches sentencing break for exposing Venezuela graft

Abraham Shiera was one of the first witnesses to come forward and cooperate with a sprawling, multi-district federal probe into PDVSA, as the oil giant is known, following his arrest in 2016.

Judge Gray Miller on Thursday sentenced Shiera, who was born in Venezuela, to 12 months and a single day in prison — a light sentence that means he’s unlikely to serve much time behind bars.

Shiera and his business partner, fellow Venezuelan oil magnate Roberto Rincon, were accused of paying bribes in exchange for lucrative contracts to build electricity generators for PDVSA at a time Venezuela was suffering widespread power outages.

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