The sushi restaurant that made El Mencho earn millions

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Incorporated in 2017 by OFAC into its list of businesses sanctioned for violating the Foreign Drug Traffickers Designation Act, known as the Kingpin Act, the Asian and fusion food restaurant known as Kenzo Sushi from Guadalajara, made millions of dollars for Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

The District Attorney for the District of Columbia, in Washington, D.C., United States, in the trial against Jessica Johana Oseguera González, daughter of “El Mencho”, presented documents to show the profits of the businesses with which she laundered money for the criminal organization.

‘La Negra’ accepted her guilt in the financial network and served a 30-month sentence for intentionally violating the prohibitions.

What happened to the alleged CJNG restaurant?

The prosecution mentioned during the sentencing hearing that Oseguera González dissolved two businesses when OFAC sanctions paralyzed their ability to do business or use the financial systems that pass through the United States and changed the names of two others in an effort to continue operating. as if nothing had happened.

During the process and upon receiving her sentence, the heiress of El Mencho said she was sorry and asked the judge for a reduced sentence for collaborating with the United States justice system.

The defense presented as evidence to help Jessica letters from relatives, friends and acquaintances who describe her as an exemplary mother and a responsible, loving and hard-working woman.

Last April, she was released after serving the 30-month prison sentence imposed on her by the federal court of the District of Columbia.

Likewise, the prosecutor mentioned that the most successful business of the laundering network was the Kenzo Sushi restaurant in Guadalajara.

They affirm that from 2015 to 2018, the business had an approximate income of 1.5 million dollars.

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The lawyers for the heiress to the criminal empire denied the figure and justified that the Department of Justice miscalculated the restaurant’s income, since it added the balance of bank accounts, monthly tax reports and accounting books, which inflated the final figure. .

However, ‘La Negra’ was accused of changing the Mizu Sushi restaurant for Kenzo’s; To achieve this, she allocated a large sum to locate him in her new home in a shopping mall in Guadalajara.

The prosecution documented that she achieved a life of luxury thanks to her father’s illicit business.

Despite the economic sanctions for being part of the money laundering network, the restaurant continues to operate in Guadalajara.

This company was designated on September 14, 2017 for being owned or controlled by the CJNG and the Cuinis.

Source: Union Jalisco