11/30/16 InSight Crime
New details have surfaced relating to the alleged embezzlement of fugitive former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte, highlighting a lack of institutional capacity to prevent and punish corrupt politicians in Mexico.
After investigations of Duarte for suspected corruption, the Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de la República – PGR) recovered 421 million pesos (more than $20 million at current exchange rates) that had allegedly been siphoned off from the Veracruz treasury by two ghost companies.
The head of the federal auditing agency, Juan Manuel Portal, revealed earlier this month that there are 54 allegations against Duarte, El País reported. The alleged amount of public money embezzled from Veracruz by Duarte — some 35 billion pesos, or about $1.7 billion — is the highest ever registered by Portal’s agency, the Superior Auditor of the Federation (Auditoría Superior de la Federación – ASF).