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Judge orders pair in Riviera Maya real estate fraud case to remain jailed after failed attempt to flee

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two partners in a Riviera Maya real estate fraud case worth more than 250 million will stand trial. The pair have also been ordered by a Cancun judge to remain jailed after a recent attempt to flee the country.

Rebeca “N” and Cecilia María “N” from the now-defunct real estate company DeRiMaya have been charged with procedural fraud.

In a statement released Wednesday morning by the State Attorney General, “the accused, Rebeca “N” and Cecilia María “N”, who were captured in the city of Tijuana, Baja California when they were trying to cross into the United States, will remain in justified preventive detention at the Social Reintegration Center (Cereso) of Cancun for the duration of the judicial process.”

The two women, center, were arrested from inside the Tijuana International Airport April 30 by plainclothes officers posing as travelers and returned to Playa del Carmen to face charges.

The women were captured April 30 in Tijuana after being flagged by immigration while attempting to board a plane for the United States. After their attempt to flee Mexico, a Cancun judge has ordered them to remain imprisoned during their trial.

The pair were escorted out of the Tijuana International Airport by plainclothes officers posing as travelers on the night of April 30. Rebeca “N” and Cecilia María “N” were picked up on outstanding arrest warrants after being flagged by Interpol Mexico while trying to cross the border into the U.S.

Judge orders pair in Riviera Maya real estate fraud case to remain jailed after being considered flight risk
Both women are facing charges of procedural real estate fraud in excess of 250 million pesos. Photo: FGE

In an FGE statement the agency said “those now detained formed a commercial company Desarrollo de la Riviera Maya, SA de CV (DeRiMaya) with the Secretariat of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development in 2017.

“The reason for this alliance was the execution of contracts for the sale of land and real estate in the municipality of Solidaridad.

The Riviera Maya real estate company based in Playa del Carmen was seized in January of 2024.

“The complaint against the Derimaya company was that during a meeting held on November 24, 2021 between the parties, various fiscal administrative anomalies were detected which were not resolved despite the multiple requests made by the Ministry of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development.”

According to the FGE (Fiscalía General del Estado), both women were arrested “for their alleged participation in events that could constitute the crime of fraudulent administration for an amount greater than 250 million pesos.”