Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-215
Jorge Juan Torres / Bermuda Account
Mexico
General Director of the Promotion and Development, the Secretary of Finance of Coahuila state, Municipal President of Saltillo state and interim Governor of Coahuila state (1994-2011)
Bermuda
Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2013
Ongoing
Art.17, Art.19, Art.20, Art.23
Execution of Foreign Warrant of Arrest in Rem (Bermuda); Non-Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture (United States)
Ongoing Case
Ongoing
Judgment by Court of First Instance
($2,762,066 frozen in Bermuda; listed in US entry only to avoid double counting)

See also related case, Hector Javier Villarreal Hernandez (United States and Bermuda).   In September 2013, the US Government filed a civil asset forfeiture complaint against Old Mutual of Bermuda, Ltd. Contract Number CX4011696 in Bermuda which it alleged constituted proceeds of corruption while Mr. Torres was serving in various government posts including as interm Governor of Coahuila state, Mexico.  In October 2013, the warrant for arrest in rem was executed by the Bermuda Police Service.  In March 2014, Mr. Torres and his wife filed an Answer to the complaint, not denying his government employment but denying allegations including that his government positions as sole source of income.  On August 3, 2015, a Default Judgment was entered against the assets in favor of the United States.  (Sources:  US v. All Funds on Deposit at Old Mutual of Bermuda, Ltd. Contract Number CX4011696 in Bermuda, Case No. 13-cv-00294 (S.D. Tex), Verified Complaint for Civil Forfeiture in Rem filed September 24, 2013; Executed Warrant of Arrest in Rem filed October 29, 2013; Answer (by Torres) filed March 28, 2014 and Order of Default Judgment of August 3, 2015.

Mr. Torres is under indictment in the US Federal Court for the District of Southern Texas on a charge of money laundering conspiracy.   (Source:  US v. Hernandez Villarreal and Torres, Case No. 2:13-cr-1075 (SD Tex), Indictment filed November 20, 2013 and Court Docket Report as of May 22, 2016.)

Bermuda Police Service (execution of warrant of arrest in rem)