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Mexico transfers union boss to different prison

Friday - 3/1/2013, 10:34am  ET

The waterfront side of a home owned by the family of Mexican union leader Elba Esther Gordillo stands in Coronado, California, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Gordillo was arrested and accused Tuesday in Mexico of embezzling $160 million in union funds to pay for everything from California homes and plastic surgery procedures to her Neiman Marcus bill. The arrest of Mexico's most powerful union leader echoes the hardball tactics of Mexico's once-imperial presidency while pushing forward an education reform that President Enrique Pena Nieto has made a centerpiece of his new administration. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say they have transferred jailed union boss Elba Esther Gordillo to another women's prison that has better medical facilities because she is suffering from chronic liver, kidney and hypertension problems.

The Mexico City prison system said in a statement Friday that Gordillo was transferred to the Tepepan prison on the city's south side because it "has better medical facilities to take care of her in case of an emergency."

The agency says Gordillo's personal physician had requested the transfer, and that it did not represent a privilege for her.

The 68-year-old Gordillo is charged with embezzling 2 billion pesos (about $160 million) from the union she has led for nearly a quarter century.

Prosecutors say she allegedly spent part of the money on plastic surgery.


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