By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
In what seems like a little bit of very justified tit-for-tat, the family of Laura Morán Servín, widow of Federal Attorney General (FGR) Alejandro Gertz Manero’s late brother Federico Gertz Manero, filed a request on Wednesday, Sept. 22, with Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) to investigate allegedly illicit deposits by their in-law in foreign tax havens for the sum of $7.9 million.
The formal petition was presented by Alonso Castillo Cuevas, Morán’s grandson and Alejandra Guadalupe Cuevas Morán’s son, who have been repeatedly accused by the FGR head of the alleged murder of his brother, who died in 2015 in the ABC Medical Center at age 82 from chronic heart failure.
“Through this medium, we wish to inform you about possible facts constituting financial crimes, related to the handling of $7.9 million in accounts located in international tax havens and linked to the Attorney General of the Republic, Alejandro Gertz Manero,” states the letter addressed to Santiago Nieto, head of the FIU.
“We remain at your service to specify any details about these events; especially, because we consider that the actions of Alejandro Gertz against my mother, and against my grandmother (Laura Morán Servín, partner of his brother for more than 50 years), have as their aim to hide the trace of a fortune that was obtained illicitly.”
Alejandro Gertz Manero, who has recently gained national and international notoriety for filing for the arrests of 31 scientists who earlier this year revealed that he had plagiarized his academic thesis and who has issued an arrest warrant for his 94-year-old sister-in-law and has held his 68-year-old niece without bond since last year, allegedly expropriated his in-laws’ entire inheritance, including his late brother’s bank accounts, home and art collection.
Castillo Cuevas accompanied his complaint with dozens of electronic documents, including an account statement dated Oct. 1, 2014, at the Julius Baer Bank, based in Zurich, Switzerland.
The document does not include the name of the deceased, but a key number as the identity of the client, 0016.983, has been attributed to Gertz Manero’s brother.
According to the Operadora Invictus breakdown, this client had at that time: $2,620,412 available in liquidity and short-term investments, $3,506,147 in bonds and similar instruments $1,746,140 in variable income and similar instruments, $144,860 in alternative investments and $495,000 in other funds and products.
Since the FGR official, who is a close friend and confidant of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), expropriated his brother’s properties, he is the current holder of these accounts.
It seems like Alejandro Gertz Manero may have some serious explaining to do now that the shoe is on the other foot.