Published On: Wed, Jul 14th, 2021

Wives of Chicago Twins Who Cooperated Against El Chapo Plead Not Guilty to Money Laundering Charges

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By Jason Meisner From Chicago Tribune CHICAGO—The wives of Chicago twins who cooperated against Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to money laundering charges alleging they helped hide and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of their husbands’ drug proceeds over more than a decade. Vivianna Lopez, 40, also known as Mia Flores, and Valerie Gaytan, 45, also known as Olivia Flores, entered their pleas during a telephone hearing before U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly. Both Lopez and Gaytan are on free on bond in secret locations after their arrests last month in separate areas of the country. They spoke only briefly during the hearing Tuesday, confirming their identities and agreeing to proceed with the arraignment by phone. Prosecutors said they have agreed with defense counsel for both women not to file anything in the public record that could disclose their locations. Kennelly set a …

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