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SAT begins operations of Financial Intelligence Unit to combat tax crimes

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A Financial Intelligence Unit of the Tax Administration Service (SAT) of Quintana Roo began operating Thursday. Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa says it is a great step in the fight against corruption which provides progress in transparency and accountability.

Governor Lezama presented Karina Martínez Jara as head of the Unit and signed a collaboration agreement for the development of objectives and exchange of information with the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the state of Tlaxcala and President of the National Commission of Anti-Money Laundering Units, Neri Toshiro León Souza.

“In this government of profound transformation we have a very clear objective, which is the fight against corruption. My hand does not shake. We are going to work efficiently and will only say that the mission is complete when there is true social justice, when tourism success translates into shared prosperity,” she said.

The signing was done in the presence of heads of the Patrimonial and Economic Intelligence Units of the Federal Entities, federal authorities and sibject specialists as well as the U.S. Embassy.

Mara Lezama reiterated that this is a major joint challenge, but the sum of capabilities and the exchange of information will be essential to achieve the purposes saying “it is up to us to recompose the path.”

Eugenio Segura Vázquez, the Secretary of Finance and Planning of the Government of Quintana Roo, explained that the purpose of the Financial Intelligence Unit of SAT (Servicio de Administración Tributaria) is to prevent and inhibit tax crimes and acts of corruption.

The new FIU will help identify those involved in tax crimes including money laundering. Photo: CGC February 15, 2024.

He explained that the Quintana Roo FIU will establish strategies that allow identifying and investigating money laundering in addition to obtaining, concentrating and analyzing tax, financial, patrimonial, economic, civil and any other information that is considered essential to contribute to the prevention and combat of tax crimes.