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FBI raids Weston home that may be connected to Haiti assassination

Walter Veintemilla, president of Worldwide Capital Lending Group, may have funded suspects believed to have played a role in the assassination of Jovenel Moïse earlier this month.
Walter Veintemilla, president of Worldwide Capital Lending Group, may have funded suspects believed to have played a role in the assassination of Jovenel Moïse earlier this month.

WESTON, Fla. – The FBI raided a home in a Weston on Tuesday that records connect to a man under scrutiny for loans that may have been involved in the assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse.

Walter Veintemilla, the president of Worldwide Capital Lending Group, may have funded those that played a part in the assassination earlier this month, Local 10 News reported last week.

Haitian authorities contend that the money for the assassination plot flowed through Veintemilla and his Miramar-based company. His attorney previously said his client just brokered a loan to fund a peaceful transfer of power. They could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Agents went in and out of the home on Islewood Avenue in the Windmill Reserve gated community for hours Tuesday morning and afternoon. Wearing gloves, they could be seen wheeling out luggage and rummaging through the garages.

What specifically they’re looking for is unclear.

An FBI spokesman released a statement saying:

“I can confirm that the FBI and HSI are conducting court-ordered law enforcement activity in the vicinity of location. The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by the court and so I am prohibited from commenting further. There is no threat to public safety.”

Last week, Local 10 News went to Veintemilla’s offices hoping to speak with him about a loan he allegedly made to Christian Emmanuel Sanon — the physician and pastor who had ambitions to be president without being elected — and also money Veintemilla may have ponied up to the Doral firm GTU Security, which reportedly put together the team of Colombian commandos that allegedly executed the killing.

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When our news crew went to the door of the nondescript building that houses Worldwide Capital Lending Group, a person on the speaker said Veintemilla wasn’t available.

They said they would give him our message. Local 10 tried several times to reach out to Veintemilla and Nicholson. They did not get back to us.

Moïse, 53, was assassinated during an armed attack at his private home in Haiti on July 7. His wife Martine was also shot and received treatment in South Florida before returning home.

Jovenel Moïse was buried Friday amid more violence.

Local 10 Senior Political Reporter Michael Putney contributed information to this report.


About the Authors:

Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.

David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.