Campeche land deals enriched Duarte the most, federal prosecutors allege

Ex-Gov. Javier Duarte extradited from Guatemala. (PHOTO: AP)
Little by little, the details of the allegations of illicit enrichment against former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte, currently awaiting trial, are coming to light, mexiconewsdaily.com reports.
After months on the run, Duarte last week was extradited from Guatemala to face trail on corruption charges here in Mexico.
Ex-Gov. Javier Duarte extradited from Guatemala. (PHOTO: AP)


According to the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) investigative file, prestanombres (front men) for the ex-governor purchased 21 parcels of ejido land in Campeche in 2011.

Some of the lots were sold a year later at highly inflated prices to shell companies created by the same front men.

Described by officials as his most lucrative deal, it was carried out with state funds, the file reveals.

The PGR used the questionable transactions as the starting point for its investigation into the alleged embezzlement and misuse of public funds during Duarte’s administration because, it claims, he and his accomplices used the profits to “give an appearance of legality” to the rest of the deals they would make during his six-year term, the file says.

In August 2011, Alfonso Ortega López, a lawyer and one of the front men, learned about the land in Campeche and advised his boss that buying them was “a good deal . . . with unlimited potential.”

In the criminal network that the PGR alleges was created and led by Duarte, one of Ortega’s duties was to “look for opportunities to invest money,” the file states.

Source: mexiconewsdaily.com



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