Former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba. Photo: Google


Former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday, March 15, by U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera for accepting over $3.5 million in bribe money and using it to fraudulently purchase property in the United States.

As part of his sentencing, Yarrington, who served as head of the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2004, will also forfeit his Port Isabel, Texas, condominium, which he alleged bought with the tainted funds.

Not a U.S. citizen, Yarrington is expected to face deportation following his imprisonment.

Yarrington was convicted of accepting bribes from individuals and private companies in Mexico to do business with the state of Tamaulipas while he served as governor.

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