Published On: Tue, Nov 11th, 2014

Former Mayor of Matamoros, Mexico accused of Money Laundering by US Government

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According to the indictment, beginning in 2007, Erick Silva employed several schemes to embezzle campaign contributions, accept kickbacks and defraud Matamoros of public funds.

Erick Silva Santos, former mayor of Matamoros, said that the accusations against him made by the U.S. government for money laundering, bank fraud and wire fraud are part of a media attack.

It’s a media coup” said the ousted undersecretary of the state government, who blamed the “Matamoros group” of the National Action Party to which he belongs of trying to tarnish his image ahead of the looming elections.

Silva, who served as mayor of Matamoros from 2008-2010, said in an interview with Mexico City Newspaper EL UNIVERSAL that he is not hiding.

I’m not a fugitive, it is pure gossip; I am in Matamoros, in my house, doing my normal activities,” Silva said.

It is a media coup to distract attention from what is currently happening in Matamoros under Mayor Leticia Salazar,” he added.

Erick Silva Santos, Former Mayor of Matamoros (Photo El Universal)

Erick Silva Santos, Former Mayor of Matamoros (Photo El Universal)

According to the indictment, beginning in 2007 Silva employed several schemes to embezzle campaign contributions, accept kickbacks and defraud Matamoros of public funds. The indictment alleges Silva transferred those funds into U.S. bank accounts through wire transfers or deposits.

In the process, Silva allegedly made false statements to bank officials and, in some instances, submitted fictitious supporting documents. According to the indictment, Silva then used these funds to invest in certificates of deposits in the U.S. and annuities in Bermuda.

The complaint was filed at the Southern District Court in Brownsville, Texas after a year long investigation that was unsealed on November 10. A warrant remains outstanding for his arrest.

Source: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/

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