Mexico asks Interpol for help finding investment fraudster

MEXICO CITY - Mexico’s attorney general on Thursday asked Interpol to help find and arrest the main shareholder of a Mexican microfinance firm who has been charged with defrauding investors.

The International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, issued a red notice that has been sent to 190 countries to find Rafael Antonio Olvera Amezcua.

The attorney general delivered a warrant for the arrest of Olvera Amezcua who has been charged with operating with funds of illicit origins and criminal conspiracy.

In December, the National Banking and Securities Commission, a independent Mexico Finance Ministry agency that is in charge of supervising and regulating national financial entities, announced the dissolution and liquidation of the Ficrea firm after detecting irregularities that allowed shareholders to embezzle investor funds.

Olvera Amezcua diverted funds to three false companies that bought buildings and furniture; realized international transfers of funds and financed expenses, according to the Commission.

The Commission estimates that 6,800 of Ficrea’s investors lost $184 million in the scheme.

Since Ficrea’s dissolution, several protests have been organized by investors who want to recoup their savings.

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