Former Tamaulipas Governor Faces US Money Laundering Charges

Eugenio Hernandez Flores is accused of bribery in Mexico. U.S. prosecutors say he moved the money north via wire transfers and real estate deals.

By Jill Ament & Laura RiceOctober 19, 2017 9:47 am,

Correction:: In this interview, we refer to the governor on second reference as Flores. His full surname is Hernandez Flores.

Eugenio Hernandez-Flores, the former governor of a Mexican border state, was arrested earlier this month in Tamaulipas on charges of misuse of public funds and use of illicit funds. Now, federal prosecutors in the U.S. are officially asking the Mexican government to hand over the former governor so Hernandez-Flores can face charges on this side of the border..

The U.S. alleges that Hernandez-Flores took bribes as part of a state contracting kickback scheme, while he was governor of Tamaulipas, and then laundered the money in the United States via wire transfers and real estate deals. He faces additional charges of operating an unauthorized money transmitting business and bank fraud.

Jason Buch reports on immigration and the border for the San Antonio Express-News. He says it’s not surprising to Mexican observers that a state governor would face corruption charges. Other Mexican officials who have been accused of corruption in their own country have also faced charges in Texas, often for money laundering.

Written by Shelly Brisbin.