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Mexico probes embezzlement by former top cop

December 19, 2019 GMT
FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, then Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community (Ameripol) meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, Mexico's former top security chief has been indicted in New York City on charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's notorious Sinaloa cartel to let it operate with impunity in Mexico, and is in custody awaiting a bail hearing. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, then Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community (Ameripol) meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, Mexico's former top security chief has been indicted in New York City on charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's notorious Sinaloa cartel to let it operate with impunity in Mexico, and is in custody awaiting a bail hearing. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico’s financial crimes unit said Wednesday he is looking into evidence that the country’s former top security official embezzled as much as 2 billion pesos (equal to about $170 million at the time) in government funds.

Santiago Nieto, who heads the Financial Intelligence Unit, said perhaps $2 million of that money wa s transferred to relatives of Genaro Garcia Luna, who served as public safety secretary from 2006 to 2012.

Santiago Nieto said five former officials who worked under Garcia Luna are also under investigation for embezzlement, conflict of interest and money laundering.

Garcia Luna is being held pending trial in the United States for allegedly taking drug-money bribes from the notorious Sinaloa cartel

Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, was indicted on three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statements charge in New York. He waived his right to a detention hearing in Dallas a week after the federal case against him was made public in New York City.