Mexico City, Mexico — More than 600 billion peso in irregular assets have been confiscated by federal authorities around the country due to political crimes.
The files go back 13 years with the Deputy Attorney General for Organized Crime along with various state prosecutors having recently seized ranches, cars, art, one helicopter, one jet, entire farms, jewelry, real estate, companies and bank accounts they say were the result of investigations against Mexican politicians.
Between 2004 and 2017, more than 600 billion peso in illegal assets found in both Mexico and the United States have been recovered with federal and state efforts.
Politicians that so far, have made the list include the ex-governors of Sonora, Guillermo Padrés Elías, Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo, Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba (1999-2004) and Eugenio Hernández Flores (2005-2010), who Mexico recently agreed to extradite to the United States on charges of money laundering.
Other names that have made the Attorney General’s Organized Crime list are César Duarte Jáquez, of Chihuahua, Luis Armando Reynoso Femat of Aguascalientes, Andrés Granier Melo of Tabasco and Roberto Sandoval Castañeda of the state of Nayarit.
The accusations that have been imputed range from crimes against health, organized crime and operations with resources of illicit origin, to tax fraud or embezzlement.
One of the largest busts was the 28 companies listed by the former governor of Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington, who invoiced “administrative” in excess of 600 million peso.
Other seized companies include real estate, tourism developments and ecotourism hotels from Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific side to Riviera Maya on the Caribbean Sea.
The largest real estate seizure came from the Sonora Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office who secured 19 luxury properties registered to former governor, Guillermo Padrés Elías and his two main financial operators, which also included one ranch.
While some of them continue their process in prison or have already received sentences, others have been exonerated of some crimes while others wait to face the allegations. Some have even so far avoided jail with Amaparos.
Only Duarte Jáquez is considered a fugitive even though the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic says it will not prosecute the former Chihuahua governor.