I thought I would start a sub blog on Mexican corrupt politicians that are either charged or caught be it drug trafficking bribes or stolen treasury funds,on the run,etc.There just seems to be so many of them and this 1 from Tabasco gets 11 years for stealing $millions!.....canadiana
Ex-Tabasco governor gets 11 years in prison
Andrés Granier convicted of embezzling 196 million pesos
Mexico News Daily | Friday, March 2, 2018
The former governor of Tabasco was sentenced to almost 11 years in prison yesterday for embezzling 196 million pesos (US $10.4 million at today’s exchange rate) in 2010.
A judge in the state capital Villahermosa also imposed a fine of 525 days’ salary against Andrés Granier for the theft of funds from the state’s public health sector and ordered that he pay back the embezzled money.
A lawyer for the former Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) governor challenged the ruling, arguing that a diversion of funds had never occurred and that there is documentary proof of the use of the resources, albeit in a different year.
“This sentence is a complete slur, to say the least, there is no embezzlement here. In 2011 there was under-spending of funds in Tabasco and that money was returned to a concentration account, but the following year the money was used in the health sector,” Eduardo Luengo Creel said.
“To accuse someone of embezzlement there must be a diversion of money and here there isn’t one,” he argued.
He also indicated that he would appeal the ruling in the Tabasco Superior Court of Justice.
Granier has faced five charges in total, two in Tabasco and three in the federal jurisdiction. He has now been convicted of one charge and absolved of another.
At the federal level he is accused of tax evasion of a combined total of over 2.8 million pesos.
In Tabasco he is also accused of another separate embezzlement of public funds totaling just over 2.6 million pesos.
In 2015, a federal court acquitted the ex-governor of laundering of 35.3 million pesos, ruling that the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) had not proved that the money came from the state treasury or that the funds were proceeds of illicit activity.
However, after the first accusations were made against him, Granier was held in custody in a Mexico City penitentiary from June 25, 2013. But he only remained there until July 11 of the same year.
He was subsequently transferred to the medical wing of the Tepepan penitentiary in Mexico City where he still remains. It is the same facility where former teachers’ union boss Elba Esther Gordillo was held for a period following her arrest.
The ex-governor was in office in the gulf coast state from January 2007 to December 2012. He was previously the mayor of Centro, the municipality where Villahermosa is located.
I'll join in with a the notorious case of Tomas Yarrington. This thread ought to become long.
Yarrington's accusations of his criminal activities began in November 2011, when the slain body of a businessman and rancher named Alfonso Peña-Argüelles was publicly displayed in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Along with the body was a message left by Los Zetas accusing Peña-Argüelles' brother of laundering money for Yarrington. On 30 January 2012, the Attorney General of Mexico issued a communiqué ordering the past three governors of Tamaulipas — Manuel Cavazos Lerma, Eugenio Hernández Flores, and Tomás Yarrington — to remain in the country because they were being investigated for possible correlation with the Mexican drug cartels. After a court case in San Antonio, Texas, the U.S. federal agency known as the DEA accused Yarrington of laundering money for Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel from 1999 to 2004, his time as governor. This information was obtained after Antonio Peña-Argüelles, an alleged high-ranking drug cartel member, was arrested and claimed that Yarrington had "direct personal relationship with Zeta leaders." In addition, Yarrington was accused of plotting the assassination of Rodolfo Torre Cantú, the former candidate for governor in Tamaulipas' 2010 elections; the ambushed that killed Torre Cantú was allegedly carried out by Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez, the supreme leader of the Gulf cartel. According to the DEA's protected witness, Torre Cantú was assassinated because he affected the interests of a construction company that the Gulf cartel was sponsoring. Moreover, Excélsior notes that Torre Cantú was also killed because he did not have a good relationship with Yarrington and did not guarantee agreements with the cartels. However, Egidio Torre Cantú, the brother of Rodolfo, took his place and became the governor of Tamaulipas after his assassination, and allied with the Mexican Armed Forces to combat the cartels in hopes of avoiding what happened to his brother.
Yarrington was also accused of allegedly receiving money from Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, the former drug boss of the Gulf cartel, to finance his political campaign for the presidential campaign in 2005 against Roberto Madrazo; according to the reports of Animal Político, Osiel asked Costilla Sánchez and Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, his associates, to send millions of dollars to Yarrington's collaborators, with hopes of escaping from prison if Yarrington became president, just like Joaquín Guzmán Loera (a.k.a. El Chapo). In a civil forfeiture lawsuit filed in Corpus Christi on 12 May 2012, Yarrington is said to face forfeiture of a condominium he owns in South Padre Island that federal authorities believe he purchased with "illegally obtained funds" and under another name to avoid detection by law enforcement. Court records say that Yarrington used $450,000 from the Gulf cartel to pay the 14th floor unit. The indictment also alleged that a Mexican businessman known as Fernando Alejandro Cano Martínez used several corporate entities in Texas to launder money by the Gulf Cartel to pay top politicians in Tamaulipas. These bribes were then paid to the politicians in Tamaulipas in exchange for little to no police intervention in the Gulf Cartel's trafficking and money laundering activities. Cano Martínez is also accused of bank fraud because he obtained several bank loans with false information. The U.S. authorities are trying to confiscate Yarrington's condominium in South Padre Island and a 46-acre property in San Antonio, Texas. All these properties are believed to have been bought by Yarrington with drug proceeds from the Gulf Cartel, a criminal organization headquartered in the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (where he served as mayor). The laundered money is believed to have granted the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas "political influence" in the state of Tamaulipas.
Nonetheless, Yarrington has publicly acknowledged that he is subject of the probe but denied any links to organized crime. Yarrington's lawyer, in addition, said that the ex-governor has no connection with organized crime, and that the accusations against him are attempts made by other people in federal investigations to "improve their own situations." Yarrington has not been officially charged with any crimes, but U.S. federal prosecutors filed two civil forfeiture cases against him, seeking to seize more than $7 million U.S. dollars in properties.
Yarrington is a slimy unscrupulous mother clucker, he was just flat out trash. Having spent most of the 80's and all of the 90's, through the mid aughts in Tamaulipas watching the changes, it appears to me that the crookedest and worst governor that held office there was Cavazos Lerma. Prior to his tenure the DTO's stayed real low key and in the background. The organizations were extremely discreet and low key.
But Cavazos Lerma provided a huge amount of impunity to the DTO', namely the CDG for obvious reasons. And he received a tremendous amount of wealth in return. He also dabbled into protecting criminal groups that operated in rackets such as car theft and cattle rustling, just your basic run of the mill criminal groups. Overall criminal activity went way up during Cavazos Lerma's time, and Yarrington just kept on keeping on and even probably made things easier and better for the bad guys. In my 40+ years of living, working, living and working, and visiting Mexico never have I seen a change in a state like what went on from about 1990 to about 2000 in Tamaulipas.
The advent of NAFTA and whole increase of prosperity of the border areas also helped hide the negative changes and burgeoning lawlessness. During those times there was still cross border tourism and the border flowed easier. Once that was eliminated due to the passport laws in 09' and the recession of the same time period took hold the true condition of what Tamaulipas had become became apparent and the bad guys so many that they were fighting for a piece of a shrinking pie. So the DTO's diversified and branched out into criminality, people trafficking, and all kinds of other stuff. The results is what we can now see all around Tamaulipas.