Argentine VP targeted for illegal enrichment probe

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Argentine VP targeted for illegal enrichment probeFILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Argentina's Vice President and Senate President Amado Boudou attends the debate of an oil nationalization bill, proposed by Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, at Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An Argentine prosecutor asked on May 14, 2012 for a federal judge to open an illegal enrichment probe against Boudou. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)(Credit: AP)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The legal battles of Argentina’s vice president just got a lot more complicated. A prosecutor says he has found sufficient cause to ask a federal judge to open an illegal enrichment probe against Amado Boudou. Also targeted are the vice president’s girlfriend, two business associates and 10 different companies.

Monday’s action by prosecutor Jorge Di Lello means investigative Judge Ariel Lijo must now decide whether to formally open the illegal enrichment probe and eventually whether to bring any charges against Boudou.

Di Lello’s secretary Juliana Marquez confirmed the filing and said Illegal enrichment convictions carry sentences of up to 6 years in prison and lifetime bans from public office.

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