A senior registers for her pension. A senior registers for her pension.

493 staff accused of embezzling pensions

Audit found funds were misappropriated through phony registrations

Seven criminal complaints have been issued against 493 federal government employees for the misappropriation of funds allocated to a pension program called 65 and Over.

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The head of the Social Development Secretariat, known as Sedesol, said the charges were filed with the federal Attorney General in connection with the alleged embezzlement of 19 million pesos, or US $930,000.

Luis Miranda Nava said the misappropriations were discovered by an audit conducted last January to identify risks and opportunities in the program.

It found there were 3,989 phony registrations in the system. The fingerprints of the fake registrants matched those of the accused employees.

Miranda said concrete measures would be put in place for next year to prevent further mismanagement of the program, which provides benefits to 5.5 million people aged 65 and over.

He told a press conference that other initiatives being addressed by Sedesol include the setting up of bank accounts for 2 million beneficiaries who do not have one and the implementation of a new system to confirm that beneficiaries are alive and kicking.

Under the current system many have to line up for hours at federal offices twice a year to prove they haven’t died.

Source: Radio Fórmula (sp), Reforma (sp)

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  • Hey, I’m over 65. I’m a Mexican citizen. Where do I get a pension?

  • K. Chris C.

    Interpretation of this “article”: “Lower downs caught lowering the amount of loot available for the higher ups to steal.”

    Always interesting how fast and transparent governments, all governments, are when the lower downs get caught stealing. But then government, being nothing more than a criminal syndicate of theft and violence, steals all the time.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Jeannie Kezlan

    I understand the pension is for those 70 and older, not 65.

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