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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 12:27 am

Mexico nabs former executive in high-profile case

The Associated Press

Mexican authorities have captured a former government executive who is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes and whose flight after an initial arrest and release last year exposed the inefficiencies of the nation's justice system.

The Attorney General's Office says federal police have arrested Nestor Moreno, a former operations director for Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission who U.S. executives said received kickbacks in exchange for contracts. Monday's statement says he was booked into a Mexico City jail on embezzlement charges.

Moreno was first arrested last August, but a judge said there was lack of sufficient evidence and set him free in September with the condition he appear in future hearings.

Because he went into hiding, prosecutors are now asking the judge to deny bail.