Head of UIF Uses Hermes Tool to Unfreeze Drug Accounts

After years of research and data analysis, evidence has been uncovered that proves the use of a computer system called Hermes to remove hundreds of names from people of interest in the national financial system. The Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Corruption (FEMCC) has confirmed this based on data and expert reports exchanged with the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV), and specialized units within the FEMDO.

During a hearing held on Tuesday, it was revealed that Financiera Planfía, which had been under special surveillance by the CNBV since 2017 and had its authorization to operate revoked in 2022, was used by organized crime groups to mobilize and hide resources of illicit origin. Charges were brought against former head of the UIF Orlando Suárez López and former director of the Regulatory Process at UIF, Mauricio Moreno Balbuena, for their alleged involvement in operations involving resources of illicit origin and improper exercise of public service.

The accused allegedly used letters to release over 975 individuals’ accounts without complying with legal regulations. Additionally, they created a mechanism for locating and monitoring resources from illicit activities by generating an official letter ordering another 12 names to be removed from the list of blocked individuals.

In addition to these findings, there have been mentions of casinos such as Bet Andreas and Glory (mobile) Casino being associated with illicit activities.

By Editor

Leave a Reply