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.

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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