Eugenio Hernández, governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010, was accused by a federal court in Texas of money-laundering, to hide the bribes received by the Los Zetas drug cartel.
In addition, the federal court also accused his brother-in-law, Oscar Gómez Guerra.
According to the San Antonio Express-News the prosecution took place on May 27.
If found guilty, the former governor could be condemned to 20 years in prison.
Eugenio Hernandez Flores and his brother-in-law, Oscar Gomez Guerra, were indicted on charges of conspiring to launder monetary instruments and aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas announced on Friday June 19th.
Both remain fugitives, Magidson said. The indictment was issued May 27th and unsealed Thursday June 18th.
Gomez Guerra is married to the ex-governor’s sister. If convicted, the men face prison terms of up to 25 years.
The former governor, who left office in 2010, said Friday June 19th in a telephone interview with Mexican radio station Radio Formula that an exhaustive investigation by Mexican authorities turned up nothing with which to charge him and that the U.S. charges are basically the same ones investigated by Mexican authorities.
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