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Tamaulipas Files Charges against Ex-Governor Eugenio Hernández Flores

LADB Article ID: 80434
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-10-11
By: Carlos Navarro

The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) continues to be hammered by charges of corruption on the part of its governors. The latest embarrassment involves former Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernández Flores (2005-2010), who has been accused in Mexico of embezzlement and faces charges of money-laundering in the US. Reports of Hernández Flores’ involvement in illegal activities are not new: He and two other former Tamaulipas governors, Manuel Cavazos Lerma (1993-1999) and Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba (1999-2005), are suspected of having connections to the Gulf cartel and the Zetas. The federal government––either under ex-P resident Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) or President Enrique Peña Nieto––has taken no action against Hernández Flores. However, Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, a member of the conservative Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) who campaigned on an anti-corruption agenda and was elected in 2016, has moved to prosecute him. Hernández Flores is also facing charges in the US. He is accused of accepting money from the Zetas in exchange for allowing the drug cartel to operate in Tamaulipas. The money obtained from the Zetas was allegedly laundered through banks in the US and through real estate transactions.

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