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Judge finds Borge’s former CAPA director guilty of embezzlement

Chetumal, Q.R. — The former director of CAPA under the Borge administration has been found guilty of embezzlement in excess of one billion peso.

In a statement, the State Attorney General’s Office, through the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in the Combat of Corruption, says they have obtained a conviction against Paula Guadalupe González Cetina for the embezzlement of funds involving the Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (CAPA).

The guilty verdict was handed down based on evidence presented by prosecutors who verified that CAPA made an irregular diversion of money of just over one billion peso derived from a concession contract with Aguakan.

The hearing has taken place since February 11 where the defence claimed she did not participate in the transaction, arguing a financial error led to a transfer to an HSBC bank account of the state government led by Borge.

However, the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office rejected the explanation since the resources were exclusive for CAPA, an autonomous parastatal entity and not for the state administration.

That Aguakan contract is valid until 2053.

Her formal sentencing will be announced February 21. Until then, González Cetina remains under house arrest.