By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
The first draft of a public expenditure audit of the second year of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) administration showed fiscal irregularities amounting to 588 million pesos.
The extensive audit of government spending for 2020, which was released on Wednesday, June 30, by the Office of the Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF), indicated that the government had managed to recover 122.6 million pesos of the missing funds, or roughly 21 percent.
The rest, it said, could not be explained or recovered.
The ASF preliminary report was just the first of a three-part audit of the government’s 2020 spending.
According to ASF head David Colmenares Páramo, over the course of the last three years — the time that AMLO has been in power — the Offices of the Superior Audit Offices detected alleged embezzlements of public funds amounting to more than 18 billion pesos.
Colmenares Páramo said that the amount of missing moneys in the first section of the 2020 report, which he delivered to the Mexican Chamber of Deputies’ Surveillance Commission on Wednesday afternoon, was the highest to date.
He also said that number of financial mismanagement complains lodged against the AMLO administration in the last three years amounted to more than 60 percent of comparable complaints lodged during the 20-year period between1999 and 2018.