The Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) challenged the decision of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) to close the case of the presiding magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF), Jose Luis Vargas, for illicit enrichment and presented a new complaint by a network of front companies with which the magistrate and a family member triangulated deposits abroad.
MILLENNIUM confirmed that the FGR’s Special Prosecutor for Combating Corruption notified the FIU and the presiding magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal, José Luis Vargas, the exercise of non-criminal action against him and the cierre from the investigation folder for illicit enrichment, which was immediately contested by the FIU and a week later presented new evidence not only for this crime, but also for money laundering and a scheme of front companies for triangulation of resources.
In a brief statement, the FIU confirmed that it had filed a complaint of disagreement that was already admitted, and on June 22 it filed a new complaint involving six people: two individuals and four legal entities.
The new investigations by the UIF, on which this complaint is based, determined that Judge José Luis Vargas, together with a relative, a group of individuals and legal entities “operated financial and corporate instruments” to make bank transfers and deposits in the accounts of a relative, and that at no time were they declared before the tax authority.
This same group of people, among whom is the presiding magistrate, made a transfer abroad and established companies “whose purpose is not justified, having functioned only as captors of resources from companies with possible façade characteristics to later be left without functionality. ”.
Regarding the decision of the Public Ministry to exercise non-criminal action on June 15 for the crime of illicit enrichment, the FIU explained that three days later, on June 18, the General Directorate of Legal Procedures made a request for argumentation in which they explained to him that it was only the crime of illicit enrichment, which had already been challenged before the Control Judge of the Federal Criminal Justice Center based in the North prison in Mexico City.
In December 2020, MILLENNIUM revealed that the FIU detected that the presiding magistrate José Luis Vargas bought residences in Miami, movement valued between six and 10 million pesos; in Valle de Bravo for seven million 100 thousand pesos; in Lomas de Chapultepec for 6 million 800 thousand pesos; and Polanco for three million 511 thousand 900 pesos, without these amounts coinciding with the annual income reported for two million 400 thousand pesos.
Also, deposits of 500 thousand pesos in cash were found, without any justification for this movement, since the magistrate is constitutionally prevented from having additional income to his work as an electoral judge.
The magistrate told MILENO at that time he shares property with his wife; however, the Mexican financial system and the FIU found no justification in acquiring these properties to which a scheme for the creation of front companies is now added.