Former judge of Torreón sentenced to prison for kidnapping;  awaits sentence in Apodaca prison

MONTERREY, NL.- For the crime of aggravated kidnapping, the former district judge in Coahuila, Luis Armando J., received a formal arrest warrant, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) in Nuevo León reported yesterday.

The crime for which the former judge is being criminally prosecuted occurred in May 2012, inside a notary’s office in the San Jerónimo neighborhood, in Monterrey.

“The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) in Nuevo León, obtained from the First District Court in Criminal Matters in the State, a formal prison order against a person for the crime of aggravated kidnapping,” said an FGR in a statement.

Although the name of the victim was not formally reported, journalistic notes indicate that it is the casino businessman, Arturo Cardona.

According to the victim’s complaint, she was taken under threat from her home in San Pedro and then taken to the notary’s office in San Jerónimo, where the judge, along with other people, kept her kidnapped until she was forced to sign some documents.

After the preliminary investigation, the arrest warrant against Luis Armando J. −who was a District Judge in Torreón, Coahuila− in Santiago, Nuevo León, was completed on January 8.

The former judge hopes that he will be sentenced in prison number 2 of Apodaca, but he is also being prosecuted for the crime of comparable tax fraud.

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In 2011, the then mayor of San Pedro, Mauricio Fernández, denounced Luis Armando and other judges for benefiting cacinos who were prohibited from operating.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency investigates him for laundering and traces a deposit of almost a million dollars in his favor.

In Mexico, more than 20 million pesos were detected that he would have received for favoring various casinos, including El Royale.

In August 2015, the Plenary Session of the Federal Judiciary Council dismissed him.

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