Monday, May 23, 2016
U.S. is Investigating Mexican Governor for Money Laundering
Georgina Morett (El Financiero)
The United States Department of the Treasury and the FBI have files open on possible
acts of corruption by the governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cué Monteagudo, and the gubernatorial candidate of the PAN-PRD
alliance, José Antonio Estefan Garfias, for the irregular flow of cash they handled through US banks.
As well, they have issued alerts for the US tax office to
track properties of those mentioned.
to confidential cables obtained by El Financiero, the United States Department of the Treasury has issued several
notices about possible corrupt acts by these persons, and even Jorge Castillo Díaz, a Cué operator in Mexico
who has amassed a fortune of 7.4 billion pesos [US$403+ million], is being investigated for money laundering.
The cables, from the United States Embassy, show a story
that began on April 15, 2015 when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of that country sent an alert warning of irregular money
operations by Castillo Díaz in US banks, where his deposits had increased significantly.
Examples of this are the accounts of Castillo, who in September 2015 had a deposit balance
of US$14.38 million, and in December of the same year said balance had increased to US$24.43 million.
Later, in a May 8, 2015 cable, it is reported that a corruption file [sic]
remains open within the US Treasury Department and the FBI against the current governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cué.
This due to his relationships with Díaz Castillo,
Estefan Garfias and Anselmo Ortiz García (a now deceased former congressman), the three pointed to earlier due to the
irregular flow of cash in US banks.
Broadway Bank statements of November 13, 2015, obtained by El Financiero, Estefan managed to have US$27.79 million
in his account.
This is an example of the cash
flows referred to in the confidential US documents.
On May 22, another of these memoranda addressed to the US Departments of State and Justice, as well as the FBI, noted
that it is very important to follow-up on the corruption investigations against Castillo. It refers to an ongoing investigation
that confirms the money comes from corrupt practices, one of the main ones being money laundering. It states that the FBI
has been instructed to search and locate properties of Cué's operator in the US.
Subsequently, on June 8, a cable addressed to [US] Ambassador Anthony Wayne specifically
refers to money laundering by Jorge Castillo Díaz.
And on September 24 it was shown that Mexico's PGR [Attorney General of the Republic] had already been alerted
to these investigations being carried out by the US State Department, and they reaffirmed their commitment to pursue cases
Also see: "Operador de Cué amasa fortuna de 7 mil mdp en sólo cuatro años," El Financiero, May 16, 2016, Mexico City