Texas DA tries to seize Mexican judge’s accounts

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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 said the funds are the result of money laundering and bribery.

Guerra said Wednesday that Luis Armando Jerezano Trevino has contested the January 2012 seizure in McAllen. No criminal charges have been brought, but records indicate a federal investigation.

According to court documents, Jerezano Trevino and wife Claudia Zulema Alanis Trevino didn’t inform bank officials that Jerezano Trevino was a Mexican judge. Prosecutors allege they deposited bribes that Jerezano Trevino took on the bench for favorable rulings. Mexican judicial officials said Jerezano Trevino had been previously suspended pending a disciplinary process.

Their attorney hasn’t answered calls for comment.

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