Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-221
Tomas Yarrington
Mexico
Former Mayor of Matamoros, Mexico (1992- 1995); Governor of Tamaulipas state (1999-2004); Presidential candidate (2005)
United States
Undertaking Recovery Effort; Location of Recovery Effort; Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2012
Ongoing
Art.16, Art.19, Art.23
Non-Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture; Criminal Prosecution and Forfeiture
MLAT
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (US-Mexico)
Ongoing Case
Ongoing
Before Court of First Instance (in part), Judgment by Court of First Instance
Unknown amount
$640,000

In December 2012, the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a final agreed judgment in a civil asset forfeiture case filed by the US Government, forfeiting a condominium at 334 South Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island.  The condominium, valued at $640,000, had been alleged to be proceeds of corrupt payments received by Mr. Yarrington from the Gulf Cartel, headquartered in Tamaulipas state, Mexico where he had been governor, in exchange for no interference in their criminal enterprise by public officials and law enforcement.  (Source: US v. Real Property Known as 334 South Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Case No. 12-cv-167 (S.D. Tex), Final Agreed Judgment filed December 10, 2012)  In May 2012, the US Government had also filed a criminal indictment and a superseding indictment on May 22, 2013 against Mr. Yarrington which included extensive criminal asset forfeiture allegations, including: (1) 2005 Pilatus aircraft; (2) 46.175 acre tract of land in Bexar County, Texas; (3) residence on Windward Drive, Port Isabel, Texas; and (4) over $183 million in joint and several liability with his co-defendant.  Mr. Yarrington is alleged to have funnelled bribery and embezzlement funds through use of shell companies and nominees to real properties and other assets in Mexico and the U.S.  As of June 2016 an arrest warrant had been issued and his case is pending. (Source: US v. Yarrington Ruvalcaba, et al, Case No. 1:12-cr-435 (S.D. Tex.), Superseding Indictment filed May 22, 2013; Court Docket Report as of June 27, 2016).

As of June 27, 2016, Mr. Yarrington remained under indictment on Racketeering and Money Laundering conspiracy, bank fraud and other charges.  (Source:  US v. Yarrington Ruvalcaba, Case No. 1:12-cr-435 (S.D. Tex), Court Docket Report as of June 27, 2016.) 

Prosecutor General of the Republic of Mexico
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