Federal agents have seized horses belonging to Venezuelan Olympic show jumper Emanuel Andrade, according to the Miami Herald.
Emanuel’s father, Alejandro Andrade, had his Wellington, Florida, property raided and horses removed on Nov. 17 according to Venezuelan newspaper TalCual. Alejandro, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy on money-laundering charges earlier this year, has been named as a co-conspirator in another federal money-laundering and bribery case against Raul Gorrin, the owner of the Venezuela-based TV network Globovision. Alejandro’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 27.
“As part of his guilty plea, [Alejandro] Andrade admitted that he received over $1 billion in bribes from Gorrin and other co-conspirators in exchange for using his position as Venezuelan national treasurer to select them to conduct currency exchange transactions for the Venezuelan government,” stated a press release from the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs released Nov. 20. “As part of his plea agreement, Andrade agreed to a forfeiture money judgment of $1 billion and forfeiture of all assets involved in the corrupt scheme, including real estate, vehicles, horses, watches, aircraft and bank accounts.”
Alejandro served first as a bodyguard for former president Hugo Chavez, and then he was later named president of Venezuela’s national bank from 2007 to 2010. Alejandro and Emanuel relocated to Wellington in 2012.
An order for interlocutory sale regarding the seized properties was released by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Nov. 19.
“The court having reviewed the United States’ Unopposed Motion for Interlocutory Sale of Certain Assets Subject To Forfeiture, and finding that the expense of maintaining the horses, real properties, vehicles and watches pending their final forfeiture would dissipate their value,” the order states.
Seventeen horses were seized include Hardrock Z and Bonjovi, as well as Anastasia Du Park, Boy IV, Clouwni, Cortina 186, Dipssy, Jenni’s Chance, Joli Jumper, Leonardo RGS, Nokia De Brekka, Quilina VD Laarseheide Z, Reus De La Nutria, Ricore Courcelle, Tupac Van De Vrombautshoeve 2, U and Tinker Bell.
Alejandro’s farm in Palm Beach Point, Wellington, was also listed in assets that will be part of the sale, as well as five other properties in south Florida, a truck, horse trailer and three golf carts.
Emanuel could not be reached for comment. The horses’ current location is unknown.
The Andrade family’s Hollow Creek Farm has appeared as a title sponsor at a number of horse shows and classes, including the Winter Equestrian Festival (Florida), Tryon International Equestrian Center (North Carolina), the Split Rock Farm Jumping Tour (Kentucky and Ohio), the Kentucky Spring Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show (District of Columbia).
Emanuel, 22, competed for Venezuela aboard Hardrock Z at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. He has also represented Venezuela at the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Bolivarian Games. His last recorded competition was in September at HITS-On-The-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.
It is unclear when or how the seized horses will be dispersed.