Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Photo: Google


Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) is apparently investigating the financial operators of former President Enrique Peña Nieto and his Secretary of the Treasury Luis Videgaray Caso, as well as those of former National Action Party (PAN) presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya Cortés, according to a report from the Milenio daily newspaper.

Milenio said that those being investigated include: Roberto Padilla Domínguez and José Antero Rodarte Cordero, who during the Peña Nieto administration served as technical secretary of the cabinet and head of the Support Unit for the Presidency, respectively.

Also being investigated is Osiris Hernández Peña, who was Ricardo Anaya’s private secretary as a federal deputy and later became the technical secretary of the presidency of the Board of the Chamber of Deputies.

These investigations are allegedly based on allegations made by Emilio Lozoya, the former director of the state-run oil venture Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), who has himself been accused of receiving bribes.

According to Milenio, Rodarte Cordero was the person who handled the president’s cash, and was also in charge of safeguarding “suitcases full of bundles of bills” that were found in a warehouse in the State of Mexico (Edoméx) known as the President’s Museum.

The newspaper also alleged that Anaya employee Hernández Peña was caught in August 2014 receiving a suitcase with 6.8 billion pesos as payment for the approval of Peña Nieto’s 2014 Energy Reform.

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