Ines Gomez Mont, who famously proposed to Tom Brady in 2008, fled Mexico earlier this month after she and her husband were accused of embezzling nearly 3 billion pesos or $146 million USD. Mont, Mexican television host, and her lawyer husband, Victor Manuel Alvarez Puga, are on the run, reports claimed. Authorities were unable to locate them about a week after their arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 10.
According to People, both Ines Gomez Mont and Victor Manuel Alvarez Puga are accused of fraud, having allegedly embezzled large amounts of money from the Ministry of the Interior in 2016 and 2017. It wasn’t immediately clear how they embezzled the nearly 3 billion pesos, however, they now face charges of money laundering, operations with resources of illicit origin, and embezzlement. If convicted, they face anywhere from 20 to 60 years in prison.
The couple fled the country a week after a federal judge issued a warrant for their arrest and a report from Vice claimed that the couple is hiding in the United States. After the news of the arrest warrant broke, Ines Gomez Mont posted on her Instagram account, saying that “this afternoon various media reported on an arrest warrant issued against me, my husband, and other people.”
“We have not had access to that order or to the evidence that justifies it,” she claimed in her Sept. 10 post. “Only to press reports with partial and maliciously leaked information. To those who have sent us their expressions of support, I thank you with all my heart. Know that we are preparing to face this process and we will exercise all of our rights.”
The TV host continued, writing to her fans that “I will keep you informed about this sad and painful situation. Thank you for your love and God bless you.”
Two days later, Ines Gomez Mont posted a video to her Instagram feed but has since gone silent on social media. Her more than 2.3 million followers are wondering what happened to her and her husband. According to reports, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office has requested that the international criminal police organization, Interpol, issue international location and capture orders against Ines Gomez Mont and Alvarez Puga.
The orders are better known as red notices and enable authorities to track the pair’s location around the globe. While it’s still unclear where the couple fled, one witness claimed they know where the couple is hiding.
On Sept. 14, a former employee alleged that Mont, Puga, and their children are hiding out in the United States. Authorities have since learned that the family owns several properties in the United States, including a mansion in Miami that was formerly owned by Cher.
Ines Gomez Mont rose to fame in the late 1990s when she acted in a telenovela and eventually began her career as a TV host for various talk shows. She is also remembered as the sideline reporter who proposed to then-Patriot’s Quarterback Tom Brady at the 2008 Super Bowl. Dressed in a puffy white wedding dress during a press conference, Mont confessed her love for Brady who laughed off the encounter.
Tom Brady, who was dating his wife Gisele Bundchen at the time, claimed to Mont that he was a “one-woman man.” He told her that “you are beautiful, and anyone who has the opportunity to marry you would be a lucky man,” but ultimately rejected the proposal. He ended up proposing to his then-girlfriend Bundchen a year later and got married a month later.
Ines Gomez Mont repeated her publicity stunt, having proposed to Giants quarterback Eli Manning with a “Marry Me Manning” T-shirt.