December 17, 2013
Forbes magazine published a list of the 10 Mexicans who are perceived as the most corrupt. This comes on the heels of Transparency International publishing its 2013 index of Corruption Perceptions and placed Mexico in the place 106 of 177 nations being slotted at 106 placed Mexico the company of the world’s most corrupt nations.
(the higher number represents most corruption, number 1 being the best or least corrupt),
Here are Mexico’s most infamously corrupted persons according to Forbes.
Forbes, lists as number one, the former leader of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), Elba Esther Gordillo, accused in February of embezzling 200 million dollars union funds to pay for her lavish lifestyle.
Her love of Hermes bags, at 5000 USD a bag, extensive, and one could say disastrous, plastic surgery,three luxury homes in southern California, among them a waterfront 5 million dollar in Coronado Cays, an exclusive section of San Diego, the home is equipped with a boat dock, two boats including a yacht were a tip of the lux lifestyle the teacher had grown accustomed to, living full time in San Diego, with visits to her native Mexico.
Also on the list
Carlos Romero Deschamps, Petroleos Mexicanos union leader workers. His daughter Paulina Romero caused an outrage when she documented, with photos, on Facebook the life of luxury provided by her father. According to political analyst Denise Dresser, in 2011 he received $21.6 million for “aid to the union executive committee” and $15.3 million from union dues. My “hands are clean,” Romero Deschamps claims. The Peña Nieto administration seems to agree. He is not under investigation.
Adding insult to injury, Deschamps assured his jet setting children have high paying employment with PEMEX until the year 2999.
|As children Carlos and Raul killed their maid|
Raul Salinas de Gortari made the list, who Forbes notes is “considered a symbol of corruption and impunity.” He is the brother of the former president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari,. He spent 10 years in prison convicted of a political murder, but was acquitted in 2005.
In her book Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers, award-winning journalist Anabel Hernandez links García Luna with the country’s top drug capos, including Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
In 2012, Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villareal claimed that Garcia Luna had been on the payroll of drug trafficking groups for ten years.
PRI party’s former Tabasco Governor Andres Granier, who was arrested on charges of corruption, embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering. In a taped conversation leaked to the media, Granier bragged about owning 400 pairs of shoes, 300 suits and 1,000 shirts, bought from luxury stores in New York and Los Angeles. His yearly salary as governor was $92,000. His successor discovered that $190 million was missing from state coffers.
Former Tamaulipas governor, Tomás Yarrington, He was indicted in early December on racketeering and money laundering charges in Texas. Yarrington allegedly took large bribes from major drug trafficking groups in Tamaulipas, including the Gulf Cartel, in return for letting them operate freely during his administration (1999-2004). He has disappeared.
Former Coahuila governor and PRI party chairman, Humberto Moreira, During his administration (2005-2011), the state debt increased more than a hundred-fold, from around $200 million to $35 billion, creating the state’s worst financial crisis in history. The debt scandal forced Moreira’s resignation. Jorge Torres López, who took over as an interim governor, was charged with conspiracy to launder money and other financial crimes in Texas in November.
Moreira has not been charged. Moreira is the of brother Rueben Moreira, Coahuila’s current governor, though they are estranged, a conflict that solidified after the Zetas murder of Humberto’s son Eduardo. Humberto and his family cast blame on Rueben for Eduardo’s killing, charging that he left the 26 year old without protection, even after having advance warning one of the family would be murdered.
He is living with his family in an upscale neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain, while earning a masters degree, which he says is paid for through a scholarship. He further claims his expenses are paid from savings he earned while being a teacher and (corrupt) governor. He is rumored to have close ties to Los Zetas while he was in power. He was tagged to be the PRI party candidate for the presidency following President Peña’s term.
Arturo Montiel, former Mexico state PRI governor, uncle of President Peña Nieto and member of the Grupo Atlacamulco, is accused by French citizen Maudi Versini, his former wife, of kidnapping their three children. Versini, who has custody over the children, claims that justice has been manipulated by her ex-husband to prevent her from seeing them. Montiel dropped out of the 2005 presidential race following allegations of millionaire masions and bank transactions in Mexico and France.
Fidel Herrera former PRI governor of Veracruz. under his administration Under his administration (2004-2010) the Zeta cartel’s criminal activities thrived. Allegations about his connections to the Zetas emerged during a trial in April in Texas. An FBI agent testified that Francisco Colorado Cessa, a contractor for Mexico’s state oil company Pemex, acted as an intermediary between Herrera and and Efrain Torres aka “Z14”.of the Zetas.
Alejandra Sota spokesperson of former President Felipe Calderon, is being investigated by Mexican authorities for alleged embezzlement and trafficking of influence.
The last entry is a bit bizarre since there are dozens more worthy of placement on this list. It appears Forbes relies heavily on publish books and articles, and not by first hand investigation. Michoacán state movement comes to mind as a perfect candidate for the list.
Click on chart image to enlarge…in the left column are the least corrupt nations:
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Sources to write this post: Forbes, BB articles from archives