Texas State Professor Accused of Money Laundering

Posted By Kerrisa Chelkowski || 10-Sep-2012

Sindy Chapa, 37, is an assistant professor at Texas State University’s in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also an associate director at the Center for the Study of Latino Media. Yet on Thursday, September 6th, she did not make it to class. There is an ongoing federal probe into Sindy’s finances and assets because of allegations of money laundering. At this time, there is no indication that her houses will be seized as part of the investigation.

Chapa owns a home in Kyle’s Plum Creek neighborhood with an estimated value of nearly $275,000. She also owns a home in McAllen which was appraised at over $350,000. These houses seem a little out of reach for an assistant professor making almost $58,000 a year from the university. Each house separately costs at least 4.5 times her annual salary from Texas State University. This is one aspect that has led federal prosecutors to think that the money she used for these purchases came from illegal means.

Although the investigation is sealed, sources have also said that Sindy Chapa also has romantic ties to a notorious Mexican politician who has connections with drug cartels across the border. Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba is the ex-governor of the Mexican state Tamaulipas and the former mayor of Matamoros.

These areas in Mexico share a border with the state of Texas and have been under scrutiny for many years due to the drug trade from Mexico to the United States. It is alleged that Yarrington has taken bribes from cartels and extortion schemes while he held office.

Although no charges have been filed against Sindy Chapa, any type of white collar crime can be devastating to any working professional. Seeking the counsel of an attorney during the investigation of any charge such as fraud, embezzlement, or money laundering is the best time.

Please contact an effective criminal defense attorney in San Antonio who can start protecting your interests right away.

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