State Department Bars Former Mexican Governor Accused of Corruption from Entering US

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, the former governor of the Mexican state of Nayarit, due to corruption. The designation means that Sandoval and his immediate family are ineligible for visas to the United States.

Sandoval is accused of misappropriated state assets and accepting bribes during his time as governor from 2011 to 2017.

He was sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Act by the US Treasury Department in May 2019.

“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is committed to fighting systemic corruption in Mexico,” Pompeo said in a press statement. “The United States stands with the people of Mexico in their fight against corruption.  The Department will continue to use these authorities to promote accountability for corrupt actors globally and near our border, particularly when that corruption is connected to drug trafficking.”

Sandoval served as governor of Nayarit, a small state of 1.1 million along the Pacific Ocean which is a key corridor for drug trafficking.

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