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SALINAS CRACKING DOWN ON CORRUPTION IN MEXICO

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Since President Carlos Salinas de Gortari took office, special agents have arrested more than 6,000 federal employees on charges ranging from extortion to embezzlement and tax evasion, a top law enforcement official says.

Hector Castaneda Jimenez, chief prosecutor at the attorney general's office, said Monday that an estimated $82.8 million in government property and unpaid taxes have been recovered in the 11-month campaign to root out official corruption.As part of the campaign, Castaneda's office will issue warrants during the next six months for the arrest of another 10,000 federal employees suspected of illegally gaining an estimated $376.8 million.