Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Mexico detected anomalies for one billion dollars at Texcoco airport

The Ministry of Public Administration of Mexico (SFP) identified irregularities for 19,000 million pesos (1,020 million dollars) at Texcoco Airport, whose construction was canceled at the beginning of the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The irregularities include 6,000 million pesos (322.2 million dollars) in advances pending amortization or recovery and an equal amount to pay for works on which there is no evidence of execution or indirect expenses not justified, the SFP said in a statement .

The review of the airport’s situation was part of the almost 3,400 inspection acts done in 2019, of which more than 2,500 were audits that generated observations associated with more than 544,000 million pesos (29,215 million dollars), the institution said.

The head of the SFP, Irma Eréndira Sandoval Ballesteros, presented these figures in the framework of a report of the audits made in its first year of management as part of its commitment to strengthen transparency and accountability in Mexico.

The overall amount of the alleged irregularities exceeds the total federal budget of the Education and Health sectors, the two that receive the most resources in the Federation’s expenditure budget, the official said.

In the report “we reveal how resources that had to be used for the welfare of the population were squandered, and we managed to correct them or initiate the corresponding sanctioning processes,” Sandoval said.

In addition to the irregularities of the airport, he mentioned among other “exemplary cases of corruption” the deviation of the layout of a road in the west of the country to free land next to the beach and benefit a tourist developer.

The official also denounced the cost overrun of 1,442 million pesos (77.4 million dollars) of the Amozoc-Perote highway and the liberation of Perote, in the eastern state of Veracruz.

Also the embezzlement in the Institute of Administration and Appraisal of National Assets (Indabin) with the undue transfer of 2.42 hectares of the National Center for Disciplinary Research in Animal Microbiology to two companies and two individuals, with a probable patrimonial damage of 940 million of pesos (50.4 million dollars).

The Public Service supervised programs in the areas of health, education, roads, drinking water, tourism, indigenous people, people with different abilities and physical culture and sport, paid with federal resources transferred to the states.

Regarding public works, the Public Service carried out 127 inspection acts that are broken down into 36 audits, 50 supervision visits and 41 quality verifications, which resulted in 674 observations with an amount to clarify, justify or recover 20,598 million pesos ( 1,106 million dollars).

As a result of the audit, 400 administrative liability procedures or irregularities reports were opened and sanctions imposed 23,000 million pesos (1,235 million dollars).


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