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Two Playa del Carmen women wanted for 250 million in real estate fraud captured heading for the U.S.

Tijuana, Baja California — Two Playa del Carmen women with outstanding arrest warrants for 250 million in real estate fraud have been captured in Tijuana. The pair were arrested by plainclothes officers inside the Tijuana International Airport Tuesday night as they tried to board a plane for the U.S.

The State Attorney General (FGE) of Quintana Roo said their arrests took place in collaboration with the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) of Mexico. Rebeca “N” and Cecilia María “N” were escorted out of the airport by at least six officers dressed as travelers on outstanding warrants for administrative fraud.

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.”

The two Playa del Carmen women were arrested by plainclothes officers Tuesday night. Photo: FGE April 30, 2024.

Rebeca “N” and Cecilia María “N” were captured in the city of Tijuana, Baja California when they tried to cross into the United States. Interpol Mexico’s red card flagged the women as they went through immigration at Tijuana.

The pair were ushered by the undercover officers to a waiting unmarked white SUV outside the airport.

An unmarked SUV was waiting for them outside the airport. Photo: April 30, 2024.

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 Playa del Carmen real estate company was seized by the State in January of this year. Photo: January 19, 2024.

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

“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.”

Both women, center, were transferred to police headquarters after trying to cross the U.S. border.
Photo: FGE April 30, 2024.

The FGE said that “after the release of the arrest warrant, the State Attorney General’s Office, in close coordination with the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic, located those investigated when they tried to evade justice by trying to cross the border to reach the U.S.”