Notary publics offices across Venezuela are getting raided, according to a report from the South American country’s Notary Commission.
The report, published Wednesday, details the arrests and other legal troubles of about 2,000 people across Venezuela.
It was compiled by the Commission on Public Notaries (CPN) and shows that notary services in the country are under pressure from authorities.
The CPN reported that at least 1,400 people were arrested in January in a crackdown on illegal notary work.
According to the report, some of those arrested are facing charges of “obstructing or obstructing” public duties.
The crackdown is in response to an initiative that came from the Bolivarian government to reform the notary system, including the requirement that notaries provide the public with accurate and up-to-date data on their fees.
At the same time, the government is cracking down on illegal payments to officials in the private sector, including some that are allegedly connected to organized crime.
Notaries are legally required to follow strict guidelines that protect the integrity of their work.
Some notary service workers have been threatened, and their clients have been forced to pay bribes to avoid arrests.
The government is also cracking down more than a dozen times on unauthorized payments of public funds to public officials, including by issuing public orders for their arrest.
The notary commission also said that the government’s crackdown on public notaries has led to several deaths, including one of a public official who died in custody in October after refusing to provide notarized documents for a legal hearing.
The public notarial service is in charge of verifying signatures for the public’s contracts and certifying the signatures of all legal entities and individuals.
It is a job that requires notaries to make sure the signatures match the signatures on the contracts they sign, but notary workers have also been arrested for other actions, including failing to verify the signatures or forgery.
The commission also warned that some notary offices in the state of Miranda have been raided twice in the past few months, and that there have been more arrests in recent weeks.
The investigation began in March, after a public hearing was held to determine whether a notary in the city of Valencia should be fired for not having proper authorization to sign contracts with the public.
That hearing resulted in the dismissal of two notary officials in August and September, and the dismissal in October of the other two.
The Notary Board has been working to reform Venezuela’s notary systems, and a similar effort was launched in Brazil.
The Venezuelan government has not released information about the reasons behind the arrests or what the charges will be, but a government statement said that in the case of the two officials who were fired, the actions are related to their illegal activities.
“It is a violation of the public authority and a violation against the dignity of the office,” said a statement from the National Assembly.
“The government is trying to force the notaries office to work according to its own rules, as opposed to the ones the notarial profession itself provides for.”