2 former Mexican politicians indicted in US

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal grand jury in South Texas has indicted two former Mexican government officials on money laundering charges.

The U.S. attorney's office announced the indictment after it was unsealed Wednesday.

Charged are 42-year-old Hector Javier Villarreal Hernandez, the former finance secretary for the state of Coahuila, and 59-year-old Jorge Juan Torres Lopez, the state's former interim governor and finance secretary.

The men are not in custody and no attorneys were listed for them.

The indictment alleges that the men moved embezzled funds from Mexico into U.S. banks and then offshore. Federal prosecutors say the men each sent more than $2 million to accounts in Bermuda.

Coahuila is a Mexican state bordering South Texas that in recent years has become home to the Zetas cartel.

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