- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A former governor of the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas has been charged with money laundering in Texas, according to an unsealed federal indictment.

Eugenio Hernandez Flores and his brother-in-law, Oscar Gomez Guerra, were indicted on charges of conspiring to launder monetary instruments and aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas announced Friday.

Both remain fugitives, Magidson said. The indictment was issued May 27 and unsealed Thursday.

Gomez Guerra is married to the ex-governor’s sister. If convicted, the men face prison terms of up to 25 years.

The former governor, who left office in 2010, said Friday in a telephone interview with Mexican radio station Radio Formula that an exhaustive investigation by Mexican authorities turned up nothing with which to charge him and that the U.S. charges are basically the same ones investigated by Mexican authorities.

“I am working with my lawyers to find the best way we can clarify this situation with the United States,” Hernandez Flores said.

The U.S. Department of Justice is also seeking $30 million from the men, plus seizure of three properties in McAllen valued at more than $2 million and another house in Austin.

The ex-governor confirmed he has a house in McAllen, which he said he had shown the origins to U.S. prosecutors. The house in Austin belonged to his brother-in-law but has since been sold, he said.

The charges all stem from a misunderstanding on the part of U.S. authorities, he added.

“When there was an accusation in Mexico, I was able to clarify everything,” he said. “I was able to show the attorney general’s office that I was clean, that I am a working man.”

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