The Mexican Government claims with a civil lawsuit in Florida, United States, 745.9 million dollars “extracted” through a “corruption network” by Genaro García Lunaformer Secretary of Public Security of Mexico (2006-2012), who is facing a trial in New York for drug trafficking.
Pablo Gómez, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Government of Mexico, denounced this Thursday that García Luna “He wove a network of corruption and money laundering for personal benefit and that of his close associates”who “took all the money to Miami.”
Under the auspices of García Luna, a family business conglomerate that operates in different countries obtained 30 contracts with various public security agencies in Mexico from which public resources amounting to 745.9 million dollars were extracted,” he indicated in the daily conference. of the government.
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The official explained that the UIF, which depends on the Ministry of Finance, filed a civil lawsuit in Florida since September 2021 against García Luna and seven alleged accomplices, including his wife.
Gómez clarified that “the civil process is independent of the criminal trial to which García Luna is subject in Brooklyn, New York”, while in Mexico “criminal proceedings continue their course” based on a complaint from the FIU in the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic (FGR) since 2019.
These benefits (745.9 million dollars) were transferred abroad through mechanisms aimed at hiding the trail through the use of tax havens and applied to the acquisition of personal and real estate as well as other assets in North American territory in the state of Florida ”, he detailed.
Within the list of goods purchased with public resources that the FIU identified are properties worth more than 17 million dollars and 42 luxury vehicles brands like Fiat, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Maserati and Lamborghini.
It is still a partial list, it is the product of a series of completely verified investigations that have been carried out because with the money that was stolen they bought things with the purpose of keeping the money in a laundering situation”, he specified.
The accusations are spread in the midst of the trial of García Luna, who led the so-called “war on drugs” during the presidency of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012).
The former official is charged with five crimes, four of them related to drug trafficking: participating in a criminal enterprise, conspiracy for the international distribution of cocaine, conspiracy for the distribution and possession of cocaine, and conspiracy for the importation of cocaine.
The fifth crime is allegedly giving false testimony to the authorities.
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