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Argentina: Ex-official caught with millions now in hospital

Former Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez, center, is escort by police outside the police station in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Lopez, an official in the former government of President Fernandez was arrested on Tuesday while trying to hide millions in cash and jewels in a monastery, captivating Argentina in what the cabinet chief said seems more like the plot of a Hollywood movie. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Former Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez, center, is escort by police outside the police station in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Lopez, an official in the former government of President Fernandez was arrested on Tuesday while trying to hide millions in cash and jewels in a monastery, captivating Argentina in what the cabinet chief said seems more like the plot of a Hollywood movie. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

An official in the former government of President Cristina Fernandez who was arrested as he allegedly tried to hide $9 million in cash at an Argentine monastery has been transferred to a local hospital.

Police officers arrested former Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez Monday at a monastery on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. They discovered wads of cash in dollars and three other currencies in more than 160 packages.

The case has outraged Argentines who are frustrated with endemic corruption.

Local TV stations showed images of Lopez being escorted by police Tuesday to a hospital wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.

His lawyer said Wednesday that he's suffering a "psychotic episode." Fernanda Herrera also tells reporters that Lopez is "hearing voices, is delirious and is suffering from panic attacks."