Yarrington’s Attorney Deny Allegations About Drug Cartels Bribes

Tomas Yarrington File Photo

BROWNSVILLE–A day after federal prosecutors filed paperwork trying to seize a South Padre Island condominium from a former Mexican governor because it came from drug proceeds, his attorney said it was false and his client is innocent.

U.S. Attorneys from the Southern and Western District filed civil forfeiture actions in Corpus Christi regarding real property allegedly owned by Tomas Jesus Yarrington Ruvalcaba.
Yarrington was the former mayor of Matamoros, former governor of Tamaulipas and former presidential candidate for Mexico.

Bridgepoint Condominium File Photo

In the complaint, it is alleged that Yarrington used illicit proceeds, including bribes from drug cartels, to purchase a condominium at Bridgepoint located in South Padre Island using a third party to conduct the $450,000 transaction and hold title.

In San Antonio, the United States Attorney’s Office is filing a civil action regarding a single property, purchased in 2006 for approximately $6.6 million, that was allegedly obtained with illicit funds by Yarrington, Fernando Cano-Martinez, who was indicted for money laundering yeserday, and others.

The document claims Yarrington collected millions of dollars in payments while holding office from 1998 until 2005 from large-scale drug organizations operating in Tamaulipas.

It goes on to say Yarrington invested large sums of these illicit funds in real estate in Texas and Mexico, using specific front-men and corporate business entities.
Yarrington’s attorney Joel Androphy said these are all false allegations. He said his client hasn’t owned any property and used any front-men to buy real estate.

Androphy also stated Yarrington hasn’t done anything wrong and hasn’t been indicted or detained by federal authorities.

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