WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced today that Fernando Pascual-Jimenez, age 44, was arrested on January 30, 2015, on charges that he conspired to commit wire fraud in connection with Ex-Im Bank loans resulting in loan defaults and claims paid by ExIm Bank of approximately $5 million.
On January 30, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in Las Vegas, Nevada, arrested Pascual as he arrived on an international flight from Mexico. Pascual was arrested based on an indictment and arrest warrant obtained by Special Agents from the Ex-Im Bank OIG charging him with violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 (conspiracy to commit wire fraud).
According to the indictment, Pascual owned and operated CEMEC Commercial, S.A. de C.V. (CEMEC), a company located inQueretaro, Mexico. According to the allegations in the indictment, from in or around July 2005 through July 2010, Pascual conspired with others to obtain an Ex-Im Bank guaranteed loan for exporting U.S. goods overseas. The indictment alleges that Pascual and others conspired to create false documents and did not use the loan proceeds for the purchase and shipment of the goods guaranteed by Ex-Im Bank.
This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida. The case is being investigated by Ex-Im Bank OIG, Homeland Security Investigations – El Paso, TX; and the FBI – Washington, D.C.
An arrest based on an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing. Ex-Im Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.
Ex-Im Bank OIG is an independent office within Ex-Im Bank. The OIG receives and investigates complaints and information concerning violations of law, rules or regulations, fraud against Ex-Im Bank, mismanagement, waste of funds, and abuse of authority connected with Ex-Im Bank’s programs and operations. Additional information about the OIG can be found at www.exim.gov/oig. Complaints and reports of waste, fraud, and abuse related to Ex-Im Bank programs and operations can be reported to the OIG hotline at 888-OIG-EXIM (888-644-3946) or via email at IGhotline@exim.gov.
SOURCE Office of Inspector General for the Export-Import Bank of the United States