Authorities say they have arrested the former governor of Aguascalientes on financial fraud charges for more than 29 million pesos ($1.8 million).
The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said on Thursday July 9 that an arrest warrant for Luis Armando Reynoso Femat was executed in León, a city in Guanajuato state. He was then taken to a jail in Aguascalientes.
The statement said a federal investigation into Reynoso Femat began in July 2014.
The alleged fraud refers to his failure to file an income tax return in 2009 while he was governor. The ex-governor’s son has also been under investigation regarding millions in bank deposits made during the last three years of his father’s term.
Reynoso Femat served as governor in 2004-2010. He has said the money at the center of his son’s case was legitimate.
The former National Action Party (PAN) governor was arrested last year, but later released on bail for 30 million pesos ($1.9 million USD), but the PGR continued to investigate the possible embezzlement allegedly committed by Femat.
It was noted in the statement that there were eight previous investigations on charges of embezzlement and improper exercise of public service during his administration, to the detriment of the state government.
According to the Specialized Prosecutor for Organized Crime, the federal Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a preliminary investigation in July 2014, after receiving the breakdown by the Attorney General of Aguascalientes.
Nevertheless, the First District Court in the state of Aguascalientes resolved on Saturday July 11 to grant bail to the former governor of Aguascalientes Luis Armando Reynoso, considering that the crime he is accused (tax fraud) is not serious.
The authority set the former governor of Aguascalientes as a guarantee of procedural obligations 50,000 pesos (3,200 USD), as well as $7,792,000 pesos ($487,000 USD) to ensure the repair of damage caused to the Federal Treasury.
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