Mexico finds $20.5 million linked to fugitive ex-governor

MEXICO CITY (AP) " Mexico's government said Tuesday it has found about 421 million pesos ($20.5 million) linked to the former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz who is sought in a corruption case.

The Attorney General's Office said two businesses that apparently received state funds from people representing ex-Gov. Javier Duarte through "illegal operations" have agreed to return the money.

The office originally reported the amount as 450 million pesos.

In early November, the government froze 112 bank accounts and temporarily seized four properties and five businesses linked to Duarte.

Duarte stepped down as governor Oct. 12, then disappeared. Prosecutors say they have been unable to find him despite extensive efforts to do so.

He faces charges of money laundering and organized crime. A reward of 15 million pesos ($730,000) has been offered for his capture.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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