Former Bank Employee Accused Of Laundering Money For Drug Traffickers

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A former Wells Fargo employee pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal bank fraud charges for his alleged role in laundering millions of dollars for Mexican drug traffickers.

Leopoldo Aguilera, 57, of Tijuana, is accused of taking part in a money laundering operation based in Tijuana, but which operated primarily in San Diego.

Federal prosecutors allege Aguilera wire transferred millions across the border, which the FBI linked to narcotics sales, “specifically the sale of multi-kilogram amounts of fentanyl in the Midwest,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors say Aguilera “opened 26 bank accounts at Wells Fargo bank and executed 229 international wire transfers totaling $7.4 million,” for the benefit of the unspecified criminal organization.

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