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Veracruz Governor-elect Yunes Linares Accused of Corruption

Leaked documents show that tens of millions of pesos were transferred from a bank serving public workers to companies owned by the governor-elect's family
By The News · 09 of August 2016 17:21:11
The governnor-elect, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares-2, No available, photo: Ilse Huesca/Cuartoscuro

The National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) of Veracruz has lodged a complaint with the Deputy Attorney of the Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), against Veracruz Governor-elect Miguel Ángel Yunes, of the right-wing National Action Party (PAN), for allegedly benefiting from funds of illegal origin.

According to national newspaper reports, bank documents show evidence of transfers made from Consupago, a bank that offers loans to government employees, to companies owned by the Yunes family, totaling 116 million 586 thousand 926 pesos ($6.3 million). There is evidence of 113 such transfers between 2008 and 2011. Over 30.3 million pesos were transferred to Corporate Linkage, S.A. de C.V. and over 86.3 million pesos were transferred to Collections and Recovery, S.A. de C.V. Both companies that received the transfers are owned by the Yunes family, while Consupago belongs to Grupo Chedraui.

The record mentions that there were transactions between the Consupago and Corporate Brokerage, S.A. de C.V., but does not detail the amounts of these transactions.

The SNTE says Yunes Linares used his position as CEO of the Housing Fund of the Institute for Social Security and Services for Government Employees (ISSSTE), and agreed to transfer resources retained by Consupago workers “to later recover them through companies and relatives own family as apparent ‘commissions.’”

In the charters of the companies, appear as shareholders Leticia Isabel Márquez Mora, Omar Yunes Márquez, Miguel Ángel Yunes Márquez and Fernando Yunes Márquez; the wife and children of the governor-elect.

And in Corporate Linkage, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares himself appears as a director and shareholder, owning 10 percent of the company. In the company Intermediación Corporativa, the only shareholders are Miguel Ángel and Omar. Leticia Isabel and Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares appear as directors, while the three children of the couple are the legal representatives.