Former Tabasco governor Andrés Granier, left, and Borge. Brothers in corruption? Former Tabasco governor Andrés Granier, left, and Borge. Both are now in jail.

Yet another accusation against Roberto Borge

Former governor is alleged to have used state funds to finance a PRI election campaign

There seems to be no end to the accusations of corruption against former Quintana Roo governor Roberto Borge, who is currently facing extradition from a Panama jail.

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He has now been accused of diverting public funds to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) campaign for governor last year.

The Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes (FEPADE) and the state Attorney General’s office are investigating José Mauricio Góngora Escalante’s campaign for receiving 201 million pesos (US $11.8 million) from state coffers.

The newspaper Reforma reported today that several receipts signed by Góngora revealed that the funds were delivered by Eliezer Villanueva Lanz, a former senior Finance Secretariat official who has been identified as a close collaborator of Borge’s.

According to the documents, nine cash payments of between 20 million and 50 million pesos were made between March 7 and May 6 last year, ending just one month before the June 5 election.

The first of those, for 50 million pesos, was made on March 7, only three days after the PRI’s national leader at the time, Manlio Fabio Beltrones, officially announced that Góngora would run as the party’s candidate.

At the time, Góngora was the mayor of the municipality of Solidaridad, where Playa del Carmen is located.

The signatures on the receipts have been checked against official documents signed by Góngora during his time as mayor, and specialists have verified their authenticity.

The opposition Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) filed a formal complaint before FEPADE in June last year, revealing information about the funding of Góngora’s campaign by then governor Borge.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party decided last week to expel Borge from its ranks, almost seven days after Borge was arrested on corruption charges in Panama City.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • Güerito

    All these fugitive PRI governors were involved in the massive transfer of illegals funds to EPN’s 2012 presidential campaign.

  • csb4546

    Mexico’s lack of governmental internal financial controls is a national disgrace.
    And no country that allows its politicians to repeatedly rob the public treasury can be called anything but “third-world”.
    No wonder political contests are so hotly contested in Mexico.
    Winning political office is like winning the lottery – congratulations, you won – now help yourself to the money.
    It’s never going to end, is it?

    • WestCoastHwy

      there is governmental internal financial control, you need to be mexican to understand how they are applied. I have a Ph.D. in Economics of which I get vertigo when mexican economics is even mentioned near me.

      • csb4546

        “How they are “applied”? You need to be Mexican to understand? Come on, Professor.
        Politicians steal public funds for 10 years, disappear, then an audit eventually finds a “discrepancy”.
        Controls find the discrepancy in real time. There clearly are no ongoing audits or controls.
        So please explain the current system, make it simple so a gringo can understand, ok?
        How does a Mexican Governor steal 20 million pesos and beat the “system” that you describe?

        • WestCoastHwy

          the first step is to understand national eccentricism (looking at another culture through your cultural understanding. from there you would need to accept mexican culture of which is when my vertigo kicks in!

    • tanksolot

      WestCoastHwy has a PhD in BS, that’s about all.

    • TioDon

      Like the former Chicago Community Organizer who is now a multi millionaire?

      • csb4546

        Yeah, American politicians are just as corrupt as Mexico’s – that includes BOTH parties.
        “Bribery” in Mexico is called “Lobbying” in the US – and it’s LEGAL.

  • K. Chris C.

    A criminal is accused of acting as a criminal by criminals. He must not have kicked enough upstairs to his puppeteers.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

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