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Aeqroo audit finds 90 percent of discrepancies in Solidaridad, Isla Mujeres and Othón P. Blanco

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Superior Audit of Quintana Roo reports more than 288 million peso are pending in settlements from discrepancies found in municipal books. The agency says a majority of those discrepancies were found in the municipalities of Solidaridad, Isla Mujeres and Othón P. Blanco.

On February 20, the Superior Audit Office of Quintana Roo (Aseqroo) delivered to Congress, the results of the 2020 public account reviews, however, those results were only made public a few days ago.

Their reviews found 288.6 million in unaccounted for losses in the 22 reviews signed by Manuel Palacios Herrera, head of the Auditoría Superior de Quintana Roo (Aseqroo). He clarified that 90 percent of the discrepancies found were between the previous municipal administrations of Solidaridad, Isla Mujeres and Othón P. Blanco.

The report detailed outstanding losses for the municipality of Solidaridad under then-mayor Laura Beristáin Navarrete, total 118,270,318 peso. For the municipality of Isla Mujeres, approximately 91,598,122 peso remains improperly accounted for under the previous administration of Juan Carrillo Soberanis.

The audit found most of the accounting problems for Isla Mujeres were in the Public Works department with more than 16.7 million in “undue payments”.

For the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, then-mayor Otoniel Segovia Martínez failed to provide the proper supporting documentation for 33 public projects. The largest project amount unaccounted for with the correct documents comes in at just over 2.6 million peso.

The other municipalities with observations, but to a lesser extent, included Bacalar, Puerto Morelos, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and José María Morelos. The Aseqroo audit showed no accounting or bookkeeping discrepancies for the municipalities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Benito Juárez (Cancun) and Cozumel.