Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — In an ongoing investigation for financial irregularities, Puerto Morelos City Council has published an edict for the appearance of a former municipal treasurer. Eligio Sierra Peña, who held the position between 2018 and 2021 during the Laura Fernández Piña administration, has been summoned to appear before the Comptroller.
Part of the publication reads “… C. Eligio Sierra Peña is summoned to appear, at the initial hearing scheduled at twelve o’clock, on the twenty-sixth day of June of the year two thousand and twenty-three, which will be verified in the facilities occupied by the Comptroller’s Office Municipal de Puerto Morelos, located at Av. Joaquín Zetina Gasca, Calle Cedro, Plaza Oasis, Supermanzana 17, manzana 10, lot 15-02, department 204 of Puerto Morelos…”
The Edict was published May 29 in a local newspaper.
He is part of an investigation of financial irregularities of the municipality of Puerto Morelos during the time Laura Fernández Piña was mayor. After current mayor Blanca Merari Tziu Muñoz took over after Fernández Piña, she found numerous financial irregularities of which 24 cases became investigations and 64 people made to appear before authorities.
Some of those cases came to include criminal charges that were filed by the Government of Puerto Morelos such as embezzlement, fraud to social security schemes, negligence, procedural fraud and illegal use of powers, complaints that were filed before the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) and the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in Combating Corruption.
Laura Fernández Piña eventually left her post as mayor of Puerto Morelos to run for governor of Quintana Roo. She lost to the current governor and former two-time Mayor of Cancun, Mara Lezama.
In February of this year, the Government of Puerto Morelos signed an 80.7-million-peso agreement with IMSS to cover employer-employee contribution debt from the previous administration to cover quotas that were not met during 2020 and 2021.