Photo: Ex-Governor Tabasco: Granier
A judge in the Mexican state of Tabasco issued two arrest warrants for former Gov. Andres Granier on money laundering and fraud charges, the federal Attorney General’s Office said.
The arrest warrants were issued “because of the likely commission of crimes in transactions involving resources from illicit sources and fiscal fraud,” the AG’s office said in a statement.
The former governor was notified by federal prosecutors on Monday that he is the subject of two warrants, the AG’s office said.
The politician had previously been wanted only for questioning by state prosecutors in Tabasco, which is located in southeast Mexico.
Tabasco Gov. Arturo Nuñez said on Feb. 22 that an audit of the Granier administration found 1.91 billion pesos ($152 million) was missing.
Granier said in a television interview earlier this month in the United States that he did not break the law.
“I want to repeat and make it very clear that I am innocent and I am going to show it,” Granier said on Televisa’s Primero Noticias show.
The politician, who stands accused of illicit enrichment, had been living in Miami for the past few months due to health problems.
The former governor told Televisa he was in the United States for health reasons and not to avoid Mexican prosecutors, who ordered him to answer questions on May 30 about alleged misuse of public funds during his 2007-2012 term.
Granier, however, failed to show up for the meeting with investigators.
The former governor alleges that Nuñez, a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, was behind a campaign to discredit the PRI.