Fake journalists convicted of money laundering could be extradited to Mexico

Nicaragua could extradite 18 Mexicans who impersonated Televisa television journalists as part of a money laundering scheme, reported the news agency DPA.

Supreme Court President Alba Luz Ramos said the prisoners could be sent to Mexico to serve their sentences, due to be announced on Jan. 18, reported the news agency EFE.

Since 2008, the 18 Mexicans used the television broadcaster's logo to pass as reporters traveling from Mexico to Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to the Nicaraguan newspaper La Jornada. Last Dec. 19, the group was found guilty of money laundering after they attempted to cross the Honduran-Nicaraguan border with $9.2 million hidden in six trucks.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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