Mexican Anti-Money Laundering Chief Resigns

Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Head Santiago Nieto has resigned after news of his wedding scandal broke out.

“Before the project could be affected, due to criticism derived from acts of third parties related to a personal and transparent event, I preferred to present my resignation as holder of the #UIF . My loyalty is with the President @lopezobrador_ . My love for @C_Humphrey_J ,” said Nieto on his Twitter account.

Nieto was reportedly caught last November 6 carrying $35,000 in cash from a private jet carrying influential guests to his wedding with Carla Humphrey, a counselor with Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE), in Antigua, Guatemala.

“It is a scandalous matter indeed, even when it is a private act, because public affairs in Mexico are increasingly public or more is known about private affairs or events,” said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The money was later found to have belonged to Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz, Mexican newspaper El Universal president, who claimed that the $35,000 was for medical treatment and was already declared to authorities.

Secretary of the Interior Adán Augusto López Hernández said that Pablo Gómez Álvarez will be replacing Nieto as the FIU head.

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