Posted: Feb 5, 2014 1:20 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2014 1:20 PM
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) A South Texas prosecutor is seeking the forfeiture of more than $3.2 million seized from U.S.-based accounts belonging to a Mexican federal judge and his wife.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra the funds are the fruits of money laundering and bribery.
Guerra said Tuesday that Luis Armando Jerezano Trevino has contested the January 2012 seizure in McAllen and is expected to let a jury decide. No criminal charges have been brought, but records indicate a U.S. Justice Department investigation.
According to court documents, Jerezano Trevino and his wife Claudia Zulema Alanis Trevino didn't inform bank officials that Jerezano Trevino was a Mexican judge living near Monterrey. Prosecutors allege they deposited bribes that Jerezano Trevino took while on the bench for favorable rulings.
Their attorney hasn't answered calls for comment.