Ex-mayor Botello, charged with embezzlement. Ex-mayor Botello, charged with embezzlement.

Ex-mayor of León, Guanajuato, faces embezzling charge

Bárbara Botello will stand trial for stealing 1.6 million pesos in 2013

A former mayor of León, Guanajuato, was arrested on Thursday for embezzling close to 1.6 million pesos in 2013, about US $123,000 at the time.

Bárbara Botello Santibáñez has been accused by the state anti-corruption prosecutor of signing multi-million-peso contracts with fake businesses, or others that fulfilled no service or delivered faulty products.

She was released last night on 1.5 million pesos in bail after a judge ruled the case would go to trial.

Botello was the municipality’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) mayor between 2012 and 2015.

A Guanajuato state deputy and state PRI chairman Celeste Gómez Fragoso accused Governor Diego Sinhué Rodríguez Vallejo of conducting a “political vendetta” against Botello.

Rodríguez, of the National Action Party (PAN), responded that the arrest of the former mayor follows a two-year-old investigation that began before his administration took office in September.

Source: El Universal (sp), Proceso (sp)

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