July 3, 1998 |
A man who pleaded guilty in a New York court to smuggling deaf Mexicans into the United States and forcing them to work as trinket vendors has been deported to Mexico to face money-laundering charges, police reported Thursday. Alfredo Rustrian Paoletti, know by the deaf workers as "the Hearing Man" because he is not deaf, was placed under arrest at the Mexico City airport.
March 22, 1998 |
The Juarez cartel laundered about $47 million in drug money through a financial group, a newspaper reported. Reforma quoted a government prosecutor as saying the cartel, which bought a controlling share of Grupo Financiero Anahuac before authorities took it over, managed to launder millions of pesos. "Using Anahuac, the organization laundered money through bank branches in the Cayman Islands . . .
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March 29, 1999 |
Amid speculation about last-minute plea agreements, three of Mexico's most prominent banks are set to go on trial Thursday in Los Angeles federal court on charges of laundering millions of dollars for the Cali and Juarez drug cartels. The trial, which could have far-reaching political and economic repercussions in Mexico, is the first of four stemming from Operation Casablanca, the U.S. Customs Service's massive probe of international drug-money laundering.
June 5, 1998 |
After two weeks of tirades against American officials for failing to inform Mexico of a money-laundering "sting" operation, authorities here have acknowledged that U.S. agents did tell them of the investigation two years ago--and even asked for support. But the attorney general's office declared that the meeting with U.S. agents in January 1996 did not amount to approval for the Americans to stage undercover operations in Mexico.
June 11, 1998 |
Mexican officials muzzled their resentment Wednesday over a controversial U.S. money-laundering sting as the cabinets of both nations opened their annual conference and publicly stressed the depth of their cooperation and friendship. Citing Operation Casablanca--in which U.S. agents operated on Mexican soil and incriminated 26 Mexican bankers--Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that, in another era, fallout from that sting "might have escalated and impeded progress on many fronts."
June 12, 1998 |
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright admonished Mexico on Thursday to refrain from carrying out its threat to indict U.S. undercover agents who delved into Mexican territory to catch Mexican bankers in the Operation Casablanca money-laundering sting. Despite her public defense of the U.S. agents, new evidence suggests that, behind the scenes, Albright has been highly critical of the Treasury Department handling of this matter. In a scathing letter to Treasury Secretary Robert E.