Venezuelan sports official detained in Bulgaria

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 07, 2013 2:35 PM

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian customs officials said on Monday they had detained a Venezuelan, whose embassy said he worked for the sports ministry, carrying 407,000 euros in undeclared cash through a Sofia airport.

Jose Ovidio Almeida, who arrived on an October 2 flight from Caracas via Madrid, is no longer in custody but may not leave the country while prosecutors decide whether to bring charges.

A Venezuelan embassy official said Almeida is a sports ministry official who was authorized to carry the money to pay for a training camp. If found guilty, he faces a fine of double the amount of money involved, or up to six years in prison.

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Travelers entering Bulgaria have to declare if they are carrying more than 10,000 euros.

(Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)