Miami based Jenny Ambuila, 26, was arrested Friday while on vacation with her mother Elba Chara and dad, Omar Ambuila
She and her parents have been charged with money laundering after her flashy Instagram posts tipped off authorities to her family’s ‘massive money laundering scheme’ and led to a probe
Her father Omar Ambuila worked as an inspector at the Colombian sea port of Buenaventura, allegedly lives a millionaire lifestyle on a monthly salary of $3,000
The 27-year customs veteran, allegedly pocketed millions for letting untaxed goods pass into the country
Prosecutors said he received at least $600,000 in bribes since 2012 in overseas payments, likely much more which he laundered through his daughter who studied in Miami
The arrests were made after investigators looked into Jenny’s purchases flaunted online – most notably her red Lamborghini worth more than $300,000
The vivid social media poster frequently seen displaying designer goods from brands like On Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci claimed she bankrolled her luxury purchases by developing businesses that included an ice cream shop and a forex trading service
She is on house arrest in Colombia, her parents are in jail on additional charges of aiding smugglers and corruption
Colombia-born Jenny Ambuila, 26, lived a lavish lifestyle in Miami frequently posting her designer lodgings, expensive car, and her luxury vacations in Europe on Facebook and Instagram.
But her jet-set fairy tale lifestyle came to a bitter end when she was arrested on Friday along with her father Omar Ambuila and mother Elba Chara and another customs official, Dian, while on vacation in Colombia.
Prosecutors say Ambuila’s father worked as a mid-level customs officer at the Colombian sea port of Buenaventura and allegedly pocketed millions of dollars in exchange for letting untaxed goods pass into the country.
All things beautiful: Jenny Ambuila [L-R], pictured above wearing a Hermes belt, a $3,000 Celine luggage bag tote, and Dior sunglasses, was arrested on Friday after Colombian authorities investigated her A-Lister lifestyle
Jenny Ambuila has been charged with money laundering and is currently under house arrest in Colombia. She has shut down her social media presence. Her parents are in prison on additional charges of aiding smugglers and corruption.
Their arrests are a part of a Colombian investigation to stop smuggling into local markets before they’re flooded with contraband goods.
Authorities hope their arrests can help untangle a larger web of corruption at the sea port.
‘This is a fundamental case in our fight against smuggling. We are going after all of this corrupt structure, and the resources behind them,’ Andres Jimenez, a Colombian prosecutor, told a local radio station.
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The Ambuila family’s was taken into custody by Colombian authorities following investigation into Jenny’s extravagant posts online including this photo with a red Chanel Boy bag and $995 Valentino rock stud sandals, and a $6,000 Cartier love bangle
Jenny lived a life of luxury frequenting stores like Gucci and Dolce&Gabanna and travelling to Milan and Paris, flaunting her ritzy trips on her Facebook and Instagram page jennylifestyler with over 10,000 followers. The page has since been made private.
On it she describes herself as a venture capitalize, foreign exchange trader, and social media influencer.
But her extravagant and flashy posts are exactly what led to speculation of her family.
Investigators looked into her social media profiles and investigated her purchases, notably her 2017 purchase of a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, worth more than $300,000, which she often posted on Instagram as a backdrop.
She also bought a Porsche Cayenne while living in Miami.
‘People assume that because they can’t make it you can’t make it either,’ Ambuila wrote in a May 2017 Facebook post where she shows a photo of the Lamborghini. ‘Prove them wrong.’
She told authorities she bought her luxury purchases by developing businesses that included an ice cream shop and a forex trading service.
‘She did set up some companies on paper,’ Jimenez told Colombia’s Blu Radio. ‘But they did not make enough earnings to afford her that type of lifestyle.’
On Friday during her arrest Ambuila, dressed in a Gucci T-shirt, stared blankly ahead as an officer read out the charges against her.
Investigators are hoping to close in on other alleged members of Buenaventura’s smuggling network in the coming months.
‘The amount of money that smuggling moves in this country is huge,’ Jimenez says. ‘We are hoping this investigation goes all the way to the top.’
Investigators, with the support of U.S. agencies, fathered evidence into the family for more than a year.