Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS: Former Tamaulipas governor, businessman targeted by feds

An indictment and two forfeiture complaints filed Tuesday seek at least $40 million in damages from Fernando Alejandro Cano Martinez, 55, of Ciudad Victoria, Tamps., who faces charges of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and bank fraud.

Federal prosecutors have targeted a former Tamaulipas governor and fugitive Mexican businessman who they say accepted millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf Cartel that were laundered in a series of business and property deals throughout South Texas. An indictment and two forfeiture complaints filed Tuesday......

The government is seeking $40 million beyond the forfeiture of Cano’s assets, which include a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft and several bank accounts that belong to Cano.

The Swiss-made plane has made at least 20 trips between late January and April, flying between Brownsville and Houston, San Antonio, Ciudad Victoria and Monterrey, online flight records show.

The plane last flew April 22, on a one-way trip from Brownsville to Monterrey.

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