Former Durango governor Herrera. Former Durango governor Herrera.

Durango joins states under the microscope

Questionable spending by the previous administration totals 4 billion pesos

To the list of allegedly corrupt administrations whose terms have ended this fall can be added another, that of Durango which, like the three states where investigations are already under way, was previously governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

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Former Durango governor Jorge Herrera Caldera joins Javier Duarte of Veracruz, César Duarte of Chihuahua and Roberto Borge of Quintana Roo, all of whom have been accused of mismanaging public funds, putting the states’ financial records under the microscope of the Federal Auditor’s office (ASF).

The probe into the possible embezzlement of state funds by Herrera’s administration has already resulted in the detection of irregularities involving more than 4 billion pesos (just under US $200 million). Also during the governor’s six-year term the state’s debt increased by 224%, bringing the total owed to more than 15 billion pesos.

The budget allocations affected by Herrera’s alleged mismanagement include key sectors such as health, explained the ASF. Between 2011 and 2014, payments reported as doctors’ salaries were received by people who were not in fact doctors.

Diversion of resources and under-spending were also common practice, along with murky bidding processes, poor control over the purchase of medications and event management, and unexplained delays in transferring resources.

The practices often led to poor medical care because the state’s hospitals often reported shortages in medical supplies and drugs.

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Resources allocated to security were also affected: over 7.4 million pesos was spent in 2014 on purchasing weaponry that only exists on paper. An additional 5.7 million was also spent on arms,, but no documents exist to back up the purchase.

The ASF said the Herrera administration maintained poor vigilance over the management of public funds and that “not enough control mechanisms were in place over most of its activities.”

Over the last four years the ASF has performed 235 audits on Durango’s finances, 15 of which correspond to 2015 and are still ongoing.

The new state comptroller, Rosario Castro, has detected even more irregularities and has summoned over 30 officials of the previous administration, including Herrera.

The governor and those officials have filed for amparos to give them legal protection against any process that could be launched against them.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • cooncats

    Stop worrying about Trump, this corruption is Mexico’s #1 problem. Not going anywhere as long as this continues. And so much for the “new” PRI. Same old crap and theft.

    • Güerito

      The new PRI is more corrupt than the old PRI.

      The old PRI, being the sole ruling party, had a little of a “caretaker” attitude for the country. The new PRI doesn’t know how long they’ll be in power, so the rats just steal as much as they can as soon as they can.

      • cooncats

        I sure can’t argue that point with you. It is sad, very sad. People not getting health care, kids not getting schooling, rotten infrastructure not being fixed all because of these thieves.

        • Güerito

          The gigantic debt these corrupt governors are leaving behind (with nothing to show for it) is one of the reasons the peso is falling so much. It’s probably having a stronger negative effect on the peso than anything having to do with Trump’s election.

    • Henry Wilson

      agreed…but who voted these mafiosos back into power? the people. no evidence the presidential election of epn was not accurate. pri held this nation in an iron grip for longer than the communist party of the old soviet union did with russians. and yet… pri was voted back in. actually they never left control of a majority of local and state governments. that means either many mexicans are “on the pad” with pri or many mexicans are fools. either way…the misery continues and increases. mexicans need to stop pointing the finger of blame at El Norte for all of their problems and start cleaning house.

      • cooncats

        Speaking from local experience in our municipio and in the state of Jalisco I don’t see any difference between PRI and PAN when it comes to corruption and incompetence. Interestingly, Guadalajara elected an MC mayor and he is shaking things up there. MC almost won the local election but it was stolen by the “Greens” diverting enough votes and then they threw in with the PRI thief even though the MC candidate had more votes.

        • Henry Wilson

          politics in mexico has always been about party dictatorship not personal dictatorship. until the election of fox in 2000 it was a one party dictatorship. now it is a three party dictatorship. the names and faces change. the firm boot on the necks of the people never lets up, no matter if the initials of the particular party at the top may alter.

  • Güerito

    There are at least a half dozen other sitting or former PRI governors who should be facing similar charges:

    Coahuila (the two Moreiras), Nuevo León (Rodrigo Medina), Tamaulipas (all of them), Michoacán (Vallejo). The list is long…

  • Henry Wilson

    unsolilcited advice to investigative reporters of government corruption: make your jobs, and your lives, safer by simply reporting the states which do not have corrupt governments. one sentence should do it.

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