Mexico finds $22 million linked to fugitive ex-governor

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s government says it has recovered about 450 million pesos ($22 million) linked to the former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz who is sought in a corruption case.

The Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that two businesses which apparently received state funds from people representing ex-Gov. Javier Duarte through “illegal operations” have agreed to return the money.

In early November, the government froze 112 bank accounts and temporarily seized four properties and five businesses linked to Duarte.

Duarte stepped down as governor Oct. 12, then disappeared. Prosecutors say they have been unable to find him despite extensive efforts to do so.

He faces charges of money laundering and organized crime. A reward of 15 million pesos ($730,000) has been offered for his capture.