Former Mexican Governor Pleads Not Guilty To Working With Cartel Groups

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Former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington pled not guilty to 11 charges of money laundering and bank fraud, tax evasion, racketeering and more in federal court. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan spoke to Yarrington through a translator. With his court appointed attorney, Carlos Monarrez, by his side, Yarrington acknowledged the charges and said he still could not afford a private attorney. He’s being held without bond and will remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals. 

Yarrington is back in the U.S. after being extradited from Italy to face 11 charges of racketeering, drug trafficking, money laundering and more according to a federal indictment issued in 2013. Yarrington, 61, has been avoiding authorities since 2012 when Mexico’s Attorney General alleged he funneled funds to the Gulf Cartel and their “muscle” Los Zetas as stated in the indictment.

According to a Department of Justice media release and Homeland Security Investigators, “He was charged in the Brownsville Division of the Southern District of Texas following an investigation that spanned several years. The indictment alleges Yarrington, 61, and Fernando Alejandro Cano Martinez, 61, the owner of a Mexican construction firm, conspired to violate the provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute. The two men are also charged with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to make false statements to federally insured U.S. banks.”

The indictment alleges Yarrington’s criminal history stems back to 1998 and into his political career. Yarrington served as governor of Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2004.

The former governor is being held without bond. Hon. Morgan scheduled an arraignment and detention hearing on April 26, 2018.

Yarrington’s alleged accomplice, Fernando Alejandro Cano is wanted on an outstanding warrant.  Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Homeland Security Investigations at 956-542-5811.

Persons calling from Mexico should call 001-800-010-5237.

MORE INFORMATION: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/former-mexican-governor-extradited-southern-district-texas

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