Ex-Mexican governor wanted in Texas waives extradition to US

A former governor of a Mexican state along the U.S.-Mexico border will face money-laundering and fraud charges in South Texas after waiving extradition to the United States.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Jorge Juan Torres López had been indicted in 2013 in Corpus Christi on charges of money laundering conspiracy, wire fraud and bank fraud.

Torres served as the interim governor of Coahuila for most of 2011.He was arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in February and had been fighting extradition.

Carlos A. Solis, one of Torres’ attorneys in San Antonio, says his client “has decided to come to the United States in order to clear his family’s name.”

The case against Torres is part of a larger investigation into money laundering allegations against Coahuila officials and businessmen.

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