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Former candidate for governor of Querétaro arrested in the United States

The businessman and former candidate for governor of Querétaro for the Fuerza por México party, Juan Carlos Martínez Cecias Rodríguez, was arrested in the United States Charged with $ 30 million fraud and inciting illegal migration.

This was announced by the United States Department of Justice in a statement, in which it details that the businessman was apprehended this Monday in Houston.

Juan Carlos Martínez Cecias Rodríguez, 51 years old, is the owner of Mobile Coatings Management (MCM) and co-owner and president of Uberwurx, which operates in the United States as RhinoPro, an aerosol truck bedding and accessories company.

Likewise, the businesswoman Karina Hernández, 41, was arrested. Partial Owner of Texas Franchise and Business Consulting (TFBC).

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Through Uberwurx, Juan Carlos Martínez sold E-2 visas to enter the United States. This visa is reserved for foreign entrepreneurs that allows them to work within the neighboring country to the north., based on a substantial investment in a bona fide company.

Martínez worked with Karina Hernández to market and sell the Uberwurx franchise to Mexican national investors, but failed to make many guaranteed payments to investors. Martinez’s company, MCM, managed the Uberwurx franchises instead of investors doing so, in violation of E2 visa requirements, the US Department of Justice noted.

Martinez instructed investors to omit from their E-2 visa applications the fact that MCM managed the franchises.

The two detainees perpetrated this criminal scheme on at least 120 different investors between January 2017 and December 2021, with a loss of more than 30 million dollars.

Both are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and four counts of encouraging and inducing illegal immigration for private benefit. If convicted, Rodríguez and Hernández face up to 20 years in prison for each of the wire fraud charges and up to 10 years in prison for each of the illegal immigration charges.

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A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering United States sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. The FBI is investigating the case.

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