Mexican criminals impersonating TV reporters arrested in Nicaragua

About 18 people impersonating Mexican reporters of the news station Televisa were arrested at the border between Nicaragua and Honduras on Friday, Aug. 24, and were accused of money laundering and organized crime, according to El Nuevo Diario.

The Nicaraguan police found $7 million hidden in six TV vehicles that had satellite dishes and radio equipment with the Televisa network logos, reported the newspaper El Universal of Venezuela. Also, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said that the alleged criminal group leader, Raquel Alatorre Correa, took the name of a Mexican reporter from Televisa, according to the news agency EFE.

As for the largest Spanish news station in the world, Televisa said that the arrested individuals did not work for the company and took no responsibility for the event, according to the Mexican newspaper Vanguardia.

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.