Mexico says investigating fraud claims made in media report

09/05/2017 Reuters

corruptionMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s federal comptroller general’s office on Monday said 10 public servants at three federal agencies faced non-criminal penalties as part of an ongoing investigation into funds allegedly channeled by the government to phantom companies.

The comptroller released the statement about its investigation following a report jointly published by anti-graft group Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) and online news portal Animal Politico.

That MCCI and Animal Politico report, released earlier on Monday, followed their own investigations and said 11 federal ministries and agencies signed agreements with public universities who contracted services totaling 7.670 billion Mexican pesos ($429 million). Some 3.4 billion Mexican pesos had been paid to phantom companies, the report said.

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