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Playa del Carmen mayor requesting account freezing for former city council officials

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Mayor Lili Campos has requested accounts of former city council officials be frozen. The request was made shortly after legal complaints were filed for 232 million in irregularities.

Since that January 10 press conference, additional complaints have been filed that Campos now says total more than 35 million. She says given the possible loss of city assets, she has requested precautionary measures including the freezing of accounts of former officials of the previous administration.

She says the request is to guarantee the reparation of the damage caused to the people of Solidaridad.

“We are moving forward with a firm step on this issue. I want you to know that we will guarantee the reparation of the damage to Solidaridad,” she stated at a press conference.

She explained that the irregularities found in the public account of 2019 were for illegal bidding procedures, abuse of power to skirt laws and the simulation of operations or contracting to obtain resources without actually having contracted the service, committing possible behaviors that constitute crimes such as fraud and embezzlement.

The General Directorate of Management Control of the Municipal Comptroller’s Office, headed by Eduardo Arreguín Chávez, said that thanks to a complaint, the present administration was made aware of additional irregularities in the public account for 2020.

He said those additional irregularities total approximately 38 million peso, translated into compensation to employees of the previous administration for almost half a million peso. For that, an investigation was opened and the official legal complaint filed with the Quintana Roo State Prosecutor’s Office.

Campos detailed that four of the complaints filed consist embezzlement, acts of corruption and possible criminal association in excess of 14 million peso along with another complaint for office legal assistance, whose services were paid at an expense of 34 million in taxpayer money.

A third complaint presented this week includes 10 million peso in the acquisition of school supplies and a fourth complaint for the acquisition of electrical material for 30.2 million peso. Campos says each of these expenses are without support or justification.