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Mauricio Serna named in money laundering investigation - report

Mauricio Serna
Mauricio Serna played for Colombia from 1993 until 2001.

Former Colombia international Mauricio "Chicho" Serna has been named in a money laundering investigation in Argentina, according to media reports.

Clarin newspaper claim that Argentinian businessman and lawyer Mateo Corvo Dolcet mentioned the ex-Boca Juniors star's name during his preliminary statement regarding the case of the "gang of the Cafe de los Angelitos."

Corvo Dolcet was one of five people arrested by Argentinian police on Sept. 29 in an international raid against the gang, an organisation that through real estate and gastronomic projects was laundering assets in Argentina coming from drug trafficking.

The former player is accused of being the local link for Colombian drug lord Jose Piedrahita in Argentina -- who was arrested in Colombia by local police on Sept. 29.

Corvo Dolcet allegedly claimed that Piedrahita had bought some of Serna's assets in Argentina, including properties and cars, as he intended to move to the country with his family.

Federal judge Nestor Barral from the city of Moron, in the Buenos Aires province, will now look at all the documents collected during the raid at the "Cafe de los Angelitos," the emblematic tango cafe in Buenos Aires.

Born in Medellin, the 49-year-old Serna earned 51 caps for Colombia from 1993 until 2001 and represented his country in two World Cups.

Serna played five seasons at Boca and won two Libertadores Cups with the Xeineze. Back in June, he was linked with the Boca coaching position.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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