Ex-Mexican official, Houston-area wife charged in money laundering scheme

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A former Mexican official was charged in a money laundering scheme following his wife’s arrest in the Houston area last week, according to federal prosecutors. 

Jose Manuel Saiz-Pineda – the ex-Secretary of Finance for Tabasco, Mexico – was indicted by a Corpus Christi federal grand jury back in April. But it wasn’t till authorities collared his wife, 49-year-old Silvia Beatriz Perez-Ceballos, that the charges were unsealed. 

Perez-Ceballos, who was arrested at her Sugar Land home on Wednesday, is now accused of conspiring to launder monetary instruments and conspiracy to commit bank fraud along with Saiz-Pineda and one of his Mexican business associates, Martin Alberto Medina-Sonda, 44. 

Perez-Ceballos made her first court appearance Thursday in Houston, where a judge ordered her into custody pending a hearing Tuesday. 

Saiz-Pineda and Medina-Sonda are already behind bars in Tabasco, where the ex-official is also facing a related illegal enrichment charge. 

The indictment includes notice of forfeiture plans for seven properties  – in New York City, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles – with a combined value of more than $50 million. 

On top of that, authorities plan to seize funds in six separate bank accounts, including an offshore account in Bermuda. 

Prosecutors are planning to seek a $50 million personal money judgment, according to the indictment. 

The trio of accused would-be fraudsters could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the bank-related charge and another 20 years for the alleged money laundering. 


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