The government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto diverted roughly US$192 million worth of public funds between 2013 and 2014 as part of a corruption scheme, according to a new report by Animal Politico and Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity.
Eleven government entities allegedly “disappeared” public funds through 186 companies with irregular contracts. The scheme reportedly involved state organizations, universities and ghost companies.
About 128 of the 186 companies were not permitted to receive state money for not having the legal or physical infrastructure to provide the services for which they were hired, Animal Politico reported. A company that sells shoes, for example, is said to have been hired to redesign the customer service platform for the country’s public insurance institute.
Among those implicated are the state-oil company Pemex, which is also involved in the Odebrecht corruption scandal in Latin America, the Secretariat of Social Development and the National Bank of Works. The …