Re: Fugitive Ex-Governer of Veracruz Javier Duarte Arrested in Guatemala
This is a VERY long read (in Spanish, I'm sorry, but way too long for me to tackle in translating) but the names that are tied together with this lady and her short history, are pretty incredible, even for Mexico!
A woman who has been linked romantically with ex-Veracruz governor Javier Duarte was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday after she pleaded guilty to illicit enrichment.
But Xóchitl Tress Rodríguez, who was arrested Tuesday in Puerto Vallarta, may not serve any jail time if she pays restitution of 8 million pesos (US $450,000) and posts a bond, a reduction in her sentence made possible by the fact that she admitted guilt.
A hearing on her release was expected to be held today.
The judge also banned Tress from holding public office for three years.
Tress was charged after it was revealed during corruption proceedings against her former boss that he had used state funds to purchase an apartment and luxury vehicle for her.
Those revelations came a scant 10 days before yesterday’s sentencing, when a witness for the prosecution in the Duarte case gave evidence about Duarte’s gifts to Tress and their romantic relationship.
It might represent a record for the completion of a criminal case in Mexico.
Tress was briefly in charge of managing and building education facilities in Veracruz after she was appointed to the post by Duarte in 2014.
She was removed nine months later amid a growing number of protests and highway blockades by citizens demanding results from Tress’s agency, the Institute of Educational Spaces.
State seizes property linked to Duarte’s wife
20-hectare riding club is located in the municipality of Coatepec
There is evidence this week that the corruption investigation against former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte Ochoa is not excluding his wife.
The Veracruz Attorney General’s office has seized real estate allegedly owned by Karime Macías Tubilla.
The property houses the 20-hectare Club Hípico Briones, a horseback riding facility located in Coatepec in the central region of the state.
The investigation has revealed that before 2012 the equine club was all but abandoned, and that horses were kept in makeshift stalls.
“In 2012, the wife of Javier Duarte Ochoa ordered the construction of cement stalls with stone floors, thick wooden doors and tiled roofs, [all paid for with] resources of the state of Veracruz,” according to the Attorney General’s office.
Using frontmen or shell companies Macías is also believed to have purchased an 18-hectare piece of land adjoining the club where a high-end gated community was built.
There were 54 horses in the equine club when officials seized the facility. Two of them, Dutch thoroughbreds, allegedly belong to Macías. Six horse trailers were also seized.
Veracruz Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares said he has asked that his comptroller accelerate the investigation in order to determine if Macías did indeed make use of public monies for her own benefit.
Yunes also spoke of a new line of investigation in the case against the couple. He is going to request that state and federal prosecutors for electoral crimes investigate the diversion of public resources to the 2016 elections.
The governor claimed that over 1.5 billion pesos (almost US $83 million at the time) had been mismanaged during that campaign, between April and June last year.