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More than 20 former municipal presidents in Yucatan under investigation for corruption

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The former mayor of Progreso has not been able to justify $ 7.5 million pesos spent by his administration during the fiscal year corresponding to 2017.

The Superior Audit Office of the State of Yucatan presented in the last days before the Anti-Corruption Deputy Prosecutor’s Office more than 20 complaints against ex-municipal presidents of the previous triennium due to anomalies in the disposition of public resources for approximately 30 million pesos (1.5 million USD).

The complaints are due to irregular excercises in the public accounts during the 2017 fiscal year.

Among these municipal presidents there are some who could not prove expenses for amounts of less than one thousand pesos, but at the other end of the list lingers the case of José Isabel Cortés Góngora, former mayor of Progreso, who has not been able to justify the use of 7.5 million pesos (375 thousand USD), the higher amount on the list of complaints, submitted in June. And it was said out that in the next few days more resources could be presented to the Vice-attroney’s office Against Corruption.

In the State Congress, the Commission for Surveillance of the Public Account, Transparency and Anticorruption informed on July 4th that the 2018 accounts revision is currently ongoing in nine municipalities and 16 government institutions.

“We already have the processes that will be followed by the anomalies that were found,” said deputy Alejandro Cuevas Mena, president of this legislative commission.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom

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