CANCUN — According to reporteroshoy.mx news website, Yucatecan entrepreneur Ermilo Castilla Roche is being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) for alleged involvement in money laundering of more than $30 million USD (510 million pesos) from illegal operations in the ejido Jacinto Pat, of the municipality of Tulum, whose title deeds have not been legally accredited.
Castilla Roche is a well-known partner and operator of the former governors of Quintana Roo and Veracruz, Roberto Borge and Javier Duarte, both currently detained.
In addition, landlords have denounced the facts before the Agrarian Unit Court, at Chetumal.
The entrepreneur allegedly seized land in the best beach area of Tulum and used as a hook the ejidatarios of Jacinto Pat to “regularize” 9,285 hectares of land in common use, with the promise to build a theme park in the cenote Dos Ojos, similar to Xcaret and Xplor, and also to create a luxurious mega real estate development.
The investigation of the PGR is based on several denunciations of some affected by the alleged illegal sale of properties registered with apocryphal parcels certificates and endorsed to Adrián Arturo González Sánchez, which is a fake name of an nonexistent person.
The demands that already begin to gather testimonial evidence and evidentiary documents indicate that Castilla Roche seized the most valuable lands of the aforementioned Tulum ejido from 172 families: 3,000 hectares with cenotes and access roads, which means a third of the total of those lands for which they paid cents to the previous owners.
For his part, the landlord Edilberto Ciau Balam said that Castilla Roche committed the ejidal directive for sale, through gifts of electronic devices and all-paid travel to Panama and Cuba, as well as offering attractive monetary incentives for each landlord who agreed to sell their plot. The businessman used this “attractive offer” to sell the more than 9,000 hectares to airport investors, who would initially build the new aviation terminal in the Riviera Maya.
With the support of his political accomplices, Castilla Roche promoted the sale of these lands and leaked privileged information to business groups to make the offer more attractive, which managed to deceive several unsuspecting people, as he sold several times the same land, according to reporterorshoy.com.mx.
In order to avoid confiscation of the $30 million USD (about 510 million pesos) obtained from alleged illegal sales of the properties in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Castilla Roche opened an account in the Swiss bank ‘Lombard Odier’ in which he also deposited large amounts of money, according to reporteroshoy.mx.
In addition to these operations, the businessman was allegedly involved in laundering money from the illegal actions of both Roberto Borge and Javier Duarte, which means that Castilla is currently facing several legal procedures started by operators of the former governor of Quintana Roo, as well as by defrauded creditors and people to whom he sold land in Tulum and who, in a tricky and unscrupulous manner, resold to other individuals.
In addition, the Yucatecan-born entrepreneur, who was based in his childhood and youth in Veracruz, was related to the former governor, Javier Duarte, and in conjunction with the relationship that existed with the former governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo, worked along with both politicians allegedly to seize thousands of lands in both entities.
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