Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-233
Tomas Yarrington / Pablo Zarate Juarez
Mexico
Yarrington: Former Mayor of Matamoros, Mexico (1992- 1995); Governor of Tamaulipas state (1999-2004); Presidential candidate (2005); Zarate: former political appointee Director of Instituto Tamaulipeco De Vivienda Y Urbanismo (ITAVU)
United States
Undertaking Recovery Effort; Location of Recovery Effort; Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2014
Ongoing
Art.17, Art.23
Criminal Forfeiture; Non-Conviction Based Forfeiture
Ongoing
Before Court of First Instance
Unspecified Amount (2005 Pilatus aircraft and personal judgment of $2 million)

The indictment filed in March 2015, in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against Mr. Zarate contains forfeiture allegations: 1) 2005 Pilatus aircraft (Tail #N679PE) and a personal monetary judgment of US $2 million which the US Government alleges are the proceeds of his corruption while he was the director of the Instituto Tamaulipeco De Vivienda Y Urbanismo (ITAVU) in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico.  ITAVU is the Tamaulipas Institute for Housing and Urban Development. Zarate Juarez was appointed to the position of director of ITAVU by former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba. ITAVU is the department in Tamaulipas responsible for supporting lower income residents with housing programs and financing programs. The plane is also subject of civil forfeiture action filed in the case of former governor Tomas Yarrington.  (Sources: United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, "Former Mexican Governor’s Political Appointee Indicted," March 12, 2015, at http://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2015/former-mexican-governors-... US v. Zarate, Case No. 2:15-cr-216 (S.D. Tex), Indictment filed March 11, 2015).

Mr. Pablo Zarate Juarez is under indictment in the US on charges of money laundering, bank fraud and attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. (Source: US v. Zarate, Case No. 2:15-cr-216 (S.D. Tex), Indictment filed March 11, 2015).

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation conducted in San Antonio, Brownsville, Houston and Corpus Christi by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation and the Texas Attorney General’s Office
United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas
US District Court for the Southern District of Texas