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Head of CRE under investigation for conflict of interests

Mexico City, Mexico — A file of what government officials are calling a conflict of interest has been released against head of the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), Guillermo García Alcocer.

The president of Mexico, along with the Secretaría de la Función Pública and Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF) de la Secretaría de Hacienda, are investigating Alcocer after when during a recent interview, he admitted that two of his wife’s relatives have held previlaged positions.

During their work terms, varying government offices detected irregular operations including his wife’s brother, Mario Barreiro Castellanos who held legal positions for three companies, traveled to Guatemala and El Salvador 11 times between 2015 and 2018 to transfer resources from their to bank accounts in other countries in excess of 200 million peso.

“There is a typology in which subjects move to countries such as El Salvador and / or Guatemala to make international transfers to other countries with the purpose of not leaving a record in Mexico. The dollars are transferred through the southern border of the country since people are hired to take the resources to Central America via land in order to prevent the money being tracked,” the organization said.

His wife’s cousin, Santiago García Castellanos, also worked for companies that were found to include irregular activities. Garcia, who is the CEO of Santa Fe Gas Natural, has a file prepared by the SFP linking him to other companies, one of which “buys, sells and administers the nominations and logistics of natural gas and hydrocarbons in the US and Mexico.”

The file mentions that between 2016 and 2017, Garcia obtained income from a company for wages and salaries in excess of 9 million peso.

The Secretary of Public Function, Irma Eréndira Sandoval, affirmed that although García Alcocer says there is no conflict of interest, the SFP opened an investigation that could lead to his dismissal.