|March 26, 2014
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MEXICO CITY—Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and three other state attorneys general signed a letter of intent with the National Banking and Securities Commission of Mexico to establish a bi-national working group on money laundering enforcement. The delegation of U.S. state attorneys general is in Mexico to strengthen working relationships with governments of both countries and enhance efforts to combat transnational crime.
“By entering into this agreement, we are collaborating on how to end the funding of widespread transnational criminal rings. I am grateful to the Mexican government and my fellow state attorneys general for their shared commitment to this goal,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The bi-national agreement will develop an anti-money laundering working group with the following purposes:
- Establish the scope of coordination between Mexico and U.S. state attorneys general on money laundering enforcement issues.
- Develop a plan for mutual technical assistance and training on combating money laundering.
- Share best practices on money laundering enforcement techniques and other enforcement issues of mutual concern, including the impact of money laundering on the border region of the U.S. and Mexico.
The delegation of U.S. state attorneys general, including California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, signed the letter of intent with Jaime Gonzalez Aguadé, President of the National Banking and Securities Commission of Mexico.
On Monday, the U.S. delegation of state attorneys general met with Mexican state attorneys general to discuss various issues related to transnational crime, including high-tech crime, human trafficking, and the use and adoption of technology. The delegation met with Mexican state attorneys general from Baja California, Chihuahua, Campeche, Distrito Federal, Jalisco, Sonora, and Zacatecas.
On Monday, the delegation also met with Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam to strengthen cooperation in the fight against transnational crime in the areas of drug, human, and weapons trafficking, money laundering, cybercrime and use of technology in law enforcement.