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Former Playa del Carmen interim mayor sentenced for corruption

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The former municipal president interim of Solidaridad, Rafael Castro Castro, was sentenced to two years and two months in jail for the crime of irregular performance of civil service.

Former mayor substitute, Rafael Castro Castro, who stood in for Mauricio Góngora Escalante while he ran for state governor, was arrested in the state of Yucatan in April 2019.

Through a statement, the Prosecutor’s Anti-Corruption Office said that it was established before a judge that from January to September 2016, 88 contracts were created with 16 suppliers, all of which were found with legal defects which were corroborated by the then mayor.

“This means that the defendant today mishandled the public account and the administration of the assets, therefore, did not act in accordance with the law,” reported the judge.

This irregular exercise of the public service was carried out in conjunction with other public servants during the Góngora administration. Castro, who performed duties as Municipal President of Solidaridad, also received a fine in addition to being charged for the estate breakdown for approximately 111 million peso.