Ex-state finance minister in Mexico in US custody

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A spokeswoman with the U.S. attorney's office says a former Mexican state finance minister indicted last year in Texas on money laundering charges is in U.S. custody.

Spokeswoman Angela Dodge said in an email that Hector Javier Villarreal Hernandez, former finance minister in the Mexican state of Coahuila, was expected to make an initial appearance in federal court Thursday.

An indictment unsealed in November charged Villarreal Hernandez and Jorge Juan Torres Lopez, the state's former interim governor and finance secretary, with money laundering, bank fraud and wire fraud. U.S. authorities at the time asked for the public's help in locating the men.

Details on how Villarreal Hernandez came to be in U.S. custody were not immediately available.

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