OSCAR FERNANDO CUEVAS PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO “MONEY LAUNDERING” >
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JOURNALS of Monte Friesner >
Financial Crime Consultant for WANTED SA >
Saturday November 20, 2010 >
WANTED SA has learned today that Oscar Fernando Cuevas, a Colombian wanted for extradition to Spain on accusations of money laundering denies being guilty of the crime, reports W Radio.
Cuevas stated that he had asked for money from a Spanish bank because he was broke, which "is not a crime." He also accused his brother-in-law Juan Pablo Medrano of attempting to kidnap him to make off with the family's money, but Medrano denies these accusations.
Cuevas was arrested in Colombia on November 5, 2010on the request of Spain. He allegedly fled Colombian authorities and took refuge in the European country prior in 2001, where he requested political asylum after claiming to be a victim of political persecution. He returned to Bogota in 2004, supposedly after Spanish authorities became suspicious of his activity, and was arrested then by Colombian police.
He has also spent time in jail in the United States, after he was arrested in 1986 in Switzerland, extradited to the U.S. and tried for several cocaine and money-related charges. Evidence in the trial showed he operated a money laundering service for cocaine distributors and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Cuevas stated that he would go to Spain to prove his innocence.
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