Disgraced DMG boss David Murcia was transferred Wednesday to a New York jail to face charges of money laundering for drug traffickers.
Murcia, the “brain” of financial company DMG, who amassed a fortune by conning thousands of Colombians, was transferred from Miami to New York where he will appear in court on Friday to face further fraud charges.
Murcia Guzman was delivered to U.S. authorities on Tuesday in a high-security operation involving a hundred armed policemen, reported newspaper El Espectador Wednesday.
A New York court will formally accuse the business tycoon, known as the “Colombian Madoff”, of laundering money for the drug trade.
Murcia Guzman, who turns 30 this year, was arrested in Panama in November 2008 and was sentenced by a Colombian judge in December to 30 years and eight months in prison.
The former DMG boss is known for various controversial acts, such as financing political campaigns in Panama, and contributing nearly US$2 million to the campaign for a referendum to allow President Alvaro Uribe’s re-election.
Murcia Guzman’s defense attorney, Robert Abreu, indicated that his client’s U.S. trial will begin in approximately ninety days time.