Robles: funds diverted at department she heads. Robles: funds allegedly diverted at department she heads.

Audit: 1.3bn pesos to bogus companies

Auditor detects diversion of funds at departments headed by current secretary

The Federal Auditor’s Office (ASF) has detected the diversion of more than 1.3 billion pesos (US $69.5 million) from two government departments while they were headed by current cabinet secretary Rosario Robles.


The newspaper Reforma reported today that according to three forensic audits the money was transferred in 2014 and 2015 from the Secretariat of Social Development (Sedesol) and the Secretariat of Agrarian Development and Urban Planning (Sedatu) to two state government entities which then made payments to bogus companies.

Robles remains at the helm of the latter secretariat. She was secretary of the former from December 2012 to August 2015.

After the payments were made to the shell companies, some of the funds were transferred to foreign exchange company Monex and CI Banco before they were dispersed to accounts in several different countries, the audits found.

In the case of Sedesol, the alleged embezzlement was carried out through contracts and funding agreements signed with the Hidalgo government-owned media company Radio y Televisión de Hidalgo in March, May and September 2014 and January and February 2015.

Similarly, Sedatu also signed agreements with the state broadcaster of Quintana Roo — Sistema Quintanarroense de Comunicación Social — in July, September and October 2015.

The two government-owned media entities subsequently subcontracted 84 service providers, of which at least 13 were shell companies, the audits found.


The audits were undertaken following reports of suspected illegal activity that the ASF received last year. All three were concluded last month, Reforma said.

Once the audits have been submitted to the lower house of Congress and if the agencies in question cannot account for the irregularities, the ASF will be in a position to file criminal complaints with the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR).

Just over 37 million pesos (almost US $2 million at today’s exchange rate) were used to purchase US dollars at Monex before the proceeds were transferred to accounts in China, Ecuador, Belgium, Israel and the United States.

Just under 29 million pesos (US $1.55 million) were also exchanged for US dollars at CI Banco before the funds were forwarded to South Korea, China and Pakistan.

In response to the findings published today, Robles wrote on Twitter:

“False! With what motive? Who’s behind what was published today in Reforma? There is not one line of investigation or indication from the ASF that says that I, Rosario Robles, have carried out a diversion of resources.”

She also proposed that representatives from the newspaper meet with her at the PGR tomorrow and present the documentary proof on which the accusations are based.

Source: Reforma (sp), Animal Político (sp)

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  • Güerito

    José Antonio Meade, PRI candidate for President, took over Sedesol in August 2015.

    The ASF has already found millions diverted from Sedesol during the time period he was the head of that agency.

    • cooncats

      But..but he’s an “honest” PRIista!

      • Güerito

        He’s “untainted by scandal.” LOL

  • delmaracer

    Ah, what the heck. Just a failed nation state.

    • Han Sohlo

      Indeed, Mexico is a disaster! That being said, the United States is probably at the bottom of the scale among First World nations these days, when it comes to transparency, government efficiency and the rule of law. Now, we have to worry about many things we didn’t have to worry about in the past, such as out-of-control crime, crooked politicians, lack of opportunities and growing inequality. As time goes by, we’re starting to look more and more like a Third World country! So, I were you, I wouldn’t be making fun of other countries.

      • delmaracer

        Making fun of other nations? Hmmm, would that be ‘deadly’ fun? I hardly think that my comment is anything but serious. Deadly serious. You acknowledge Mexico is a disaster, and the US is ‘probably at the bottom of the scale among First World nations” (perhaps like Sweden?) what would actions to reverse this trend look like? The common thread appears to be that there are ‘those’ who want to control the lives of all of the others, it a way that ‘they’ want. Seems to me there is a whole lot of manipulation occurring at the expense of the ‘regular’ people – those people who just want enough food to feed their family, educate their children, and not live in fear. But living in a failed nation state, that goal seems so very far away for most.

  • WestCoastHwy

    So…….what’s all the fuss about? This is M-E-X-I-C-O! (Meheako)

  • David Nichols

    I’m shocked…!!
    diversion (aka theft) of government funds, who would have thought it possible??
    I will wait to read that someone actually goes to jail…

    • bobelon

      To jail they may go for a few days until the masses are quieted. But they will pop up again like a wack a mole. BTW where is Carlos Salinas de Gortari anyway?

      • David Nichols

        Apparently he must have burned through the billions he stole, he returned from Ireland and showed up in DF in November of 2017… Just in time to get involved on Mexico’s presidential election of 2018…
        Another opportunity to fleece the nation…