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Borge linked to crime of peculation for 18 properties

Chetumal, Q.R. — The special prosecutor’s office for corruption has linked former Quintana Roo governor Roberto Borge for the crime of peculation for property damage in excess of 2.5 billion peso.

La Fiscalía Especializada en Combate a la Corrupción (FECC) was successful in proving Borge’s involvement to Judge Alex Ramiro Buenfil Ayala, who considered that the former governor of Quintana Roo was responsible for safeguarding 18 assets that were administered by the former Instituto del Patrimonio Inmobiliario de la Administración Pública del Estado de Quintana Roo (IPAE), which is now the Agencia de Proyectos Estratégicos (Agepro).

After a 9-hour hearing, it was determined that the former governor of Quintana Roo did not comply with his responsibility to prevent those properties from being alienated during his administration, taking into account that he must have been present at the assemblies.

The crime of peculation includes the sale of 18 properties located in the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Cozumel, Solidaridad, Tulum, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco, which were sold, in some cases, for five peso per square meter, generating property damage that amounts to more than 2.5 billion peso.

The sale of the property to individuals, including the mother of the former governor, without the required procedures, is considered a distraction of assets indicated in the State Heritage Law since a collective benefit was not accredited in favor of the citizens of Quintana Roo.