US files suit to seize Mexican official's cash

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Associated Press

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 10:36 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. federal prosecutors have filed suit in a district court in Texas to seize almost $2.8 million in a Bermuda bank account allegedly controlled by a former acting governor of the Mexican border state of Coahuila.

The suit filed Tuesday alleges the money came from embezzlement or theft of government funds by Jorge Juan Torres Lopez.

Torres Lopez has denied wrongdoing in earlier statements. On Thursday, he did not respond to emailed requests for reaction to the suit.

Torres Lopez was acting governor in Coahuila in 2011, serving out the final year of the term of former Gov. Humberto Moreira.

The state treasurer under Moreira is wanted on money laundering charges. Moreira himself resigned as chief of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party after revelations surfaced about the state's ballooning debt.

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