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A Mexican television host and sports reporter widely known for her pre-Super Bowl stunt proposal to Tom Brady has been accused along with her attorney husband of embezzling billions of pesos by the Mexican government, which has now reportedly requested that Interpol issue a red notice for the couple’s capture.
Inés Gómez Mont, 38, and her husband, Víctor Manuel Álvarez Puga, are accused of the theft of close to 3 billion pesos, or about $146 million, from Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior, Uno TV reported last week. The alleged embezzlement took place between 2016 and 2017 during Mexico’s previous federal administration, according to the outlet.
Mexico’s Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero requested on Sept. 14 that Interpol issue orders for the international location and capture orders of the couple, who reportedly fled the country last week after they’d learned they were being investigated for the alleged embezzlement. Such an order, dubbed a red notice, triggers the tracking of individuals in more than 140 countries.
The couple is accused of organized crime for money laundering purposes, operations with resources of illicit origin, and embezzlement in Mexico, the award-winning investigative news outlet Animal Político reported. The pilfering of public resources was allegedly funneled through nearly 1500 banking operations via shell companies.
If found guilty in a Mexican court, they could each face 20 to 60 years in prison.
Last week, news outlet TVNotas reported that the couple had fled Mexico days after a federal judge issued a warrant for their arrest. Multiple outlets reported that the couple owns properties in the U.S., including a mansion in Miami.
On Sept. 10, Gómez Mont took to her Instagram account to address the allegations, saying that she has not seen the warrant or its related evidence against her and her husband.
"We are preparing to face this process and exercise all our rights," she wrote to her 2.3 million followers. After posting an unrelated thank you video to a chef two days later, her Instagram account has seemingly gone dark.
Gómez Mont, who was a teen telenovela star and since has hosted several television programs in Mexico, may be best known for a 2008 Super Bowl stunt in which she arrived in a wedding dress and proposed to Brady of the New England Patriots at the pre-game press conference. Brady politely declined.
“You are beautiful, and anyone who has the opportunity to marry you would be a lucky man,” the football player told Gómez Mont.
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