Judge orders beach condo to government

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 8:32 AM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the forfeiture to the U.S. government of a South Texas beach condominium alleged to have belonged to a former Mexican governor.

The U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos granted its motion to seize the $640,000 South Padre Island condo Monday.

Prosecutors allege the condo was among assets former Tamaulipas Gov. Tomas Yarrington acquired with money received from drug trafficking organizations. They say Yarrington used Napoleon Rodriguez, the condo's owner, as the "straw purchaser."

Yarrington's attorney Joel Androphy has denied previously that his client had any connection to the property. Yarrington hasn't been charged with any crimes in the United States. The judge ordered the condo sold with proceeds going to pay outstanding condo fees and unpaid taxes.

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