HomeNewsBrief5 Former Mexico Governors Accused of Corruption in 2016
BRIEF

5 Former Mexico Governors Accused of Corruption in 2016

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 NOV 2016 BY LUIS FERNANDO ALONSO EN

Ex-governors from five states in Mexico have been accused of corruption over the course of 2016, a telling reminder of how persistent and widespread this problem is in state governments across the country. 

The former governors of the Mexican states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Quintana Roo, Veracruz, and most recently Durango have been accused of corruption so far this year, according to Sinembargo. (See map below) To date, only the former governor of Sonora, Guillermo Padrés Elías, has been arrested.

On November 10, Elías was arrested by the Attorney General's Office on charges of tax fraud, among others. At a press conference, the Attorney General's Office explained that the former governor is accused of pilfering some $8.8 million from state coffers in Sonora, according to Sinembargo.

The former governor of Durango, Jorge Herrera Caldera, was recently charged with embezzlement. Government debt in Durango is reported to have exploded to over $700 million due to financial mismanagement, lack of transparency, and irregularities under the Herrera administration. Herrera has filed injunctions against his possible arrest along with dozens of members of his administration, reported Sinembargo.

SEE ALSO: Mexico News and Profiles

In Chihuahua, authorities announced the possible looting of state institutions under the previous administration of César Duarte Jáquez. In fact, the new administration said the state coffers were essentially empty. Jáquez denies any wrongdoing, but authorities points to his inexplicable increase in wealth as evidence of impropriety, reported Sinembargo.

Meanwhile, former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa has been on the run since early October. According to preliminary audits, some $1.7 billion in state funds are unaccounted for. Additionally, the state has debts of some $4 billion owed to suppliers, contractors and banks. The authorities are offering a reward of $700,000 for information leading to Duarte's capture, who is facing corruption-related charges.

Finally, the former governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo, is accused of defrauding the small state of millions of dollars and increasing the debt dramatically, all while jetting around the globe on government funds, reported Sinembargo.

16-11-11-Mexico-Governors-Corrupt

InSight Crime Analysis

With five former governors now accused of corruption, it appears Mexico's institutional constraints are no match for the cronyism and illicit enrichment schemes that pervade many state governments. Though estimates vary, corruption is believed to cost Mexico roughly two percent of its annual Gross Domestic Product.

It's clear that Mexico has yet to root out a culture of corruption that dates back decades. Carlos Hank González, a 20th century politician who belonged to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional - PRI), once explained the ethos this way: "a politician that is poor is a poor politician."

While corruption is certainly not limited to the PRI, it may threaten to some extent the party's political fortunes going forward. Indeed, the PRI's perceived inability to tackle corruption is believed to have cost the party a number of wins in the June 2016 gubernatorial elections.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 MAR 2021

The naming of judges to Guatemala's high courts has turned into an escalating fight between political elites seeking to stack…

EXTORTION / 30 MAR 2022

For restauranteurs in Mexico's coastal state of Quintana Roo, daily extortion fees are unavoidable. Competing cartels lean on the industry…

FEATURED / 20 SEP 2022

Authorities in Arizona are sounding the alarm about the rising use of outsiders as drivers for human smuggling.

About InSight Crime

WORK WITH US

Open Position: Full Stack WordPress Developer

28 NOV 2022

As Full Stack WordPress Developer You Will: Work collaboratively with other developers and designers to maintain and improve organizational standards.Demonstrate a high level of attention to detail, and implement best…

THE ORGANIZATION

Join Us This #GivingTuesday in Exposing Organized Crime

24 NOV 2022

For over twelve years, InSight Crime has contributed to the global dialogue on organized crime and corruption. Our work has provided policymakers, analysts, academics, journalists, and the general public with…

THE ORGANIZATION

Like Crime, Our Coverage Knows No Borders

18 NOV 2022

The nature of global organized crime means that while InSight Crime focuses on Latin America, we also follow criminal dynamics worldwide. InSight Crime investigator Alessandro Ford covers the connections between Latin American and European…

THE ORGANIZATION

Using Data to Expose Crime

11 NOV 2022

Co-director Jeremy McDermott made a virtual presentation at a conference hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The ‘Sixth International Conference on Governance, Crime, and Justice…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime ON AIR

4 NOV 2022

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley was interviewed for the podcast The Rosenberg Case: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and Conspiracy in Guatemala, which explores the potential involvement of then president, Álvaro Colom,…