Oceanografia CEO said to post bail after Citigroup fraud arrest

6/5/2014

Oceanografia CEO said to post bail after Citigroup fraud arrest

BEN BAIN and NACHA CATTAN

MEXICO CITY (Bloomberg) -- Oceanografia CEO Amado Yanez posted bail after his arrest on charges related to a fraud alleged by Citigroup against his Mexican oil-services company, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Yanez, 49, posted bail, on June 3, of at least 80 million pesos ($6 million), said the people, who declined to comment because the legal process is ongoing. He faces charges that he used loan funds for unapproved purposes, according to an emailed statement on June 3 from Mexico’s court system.

Citigroup, the third-largest U.S. bank, discovered the bogus loans after learning Feb 11 that the Mexican government had suspended Oceanografia from bidding on government contracts. After a review, Pemex told the bank on Feb 20 that it couldn’t verify documents backing $400 million that Banamex had loaned to Ciudad del Carmen-based Oceanografia.

Mexico took control of Oceanografia in February, putting it under the supervision of the Finance Ministry.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said May 30 that arrest warrants had been issued for people including some who have worked at Banamex, according to a transcript of a press conference in the southeastern city of Merida. He didn’t specify the number of warrants and declined to name people targeted or describe their employment status.

New York-based Citigroup said last month that it terminated 11 people for failing to prevent or discover the alleged fraud.

The Yanez bail posting was previously reported by the Mexican newspaper Reforma.

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