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Another Mexican Governor Under Investigation for Corruption

LADB Article ID: 80354
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-07-19
By: Carlos Navarro

Corruption in Mexico’s statehouses continues to dominate the headlines in Mexico, with the latest allegations coming against outgoing Nayarit Gov. Roberto Sandoval Castañeda. In early July, the attorney general’s office (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR) confirmed that Sandoval, a member of the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), is under investigation on charges that he used his office to enhance his personal wealth. The PGR’s unit in charge of investigating federal crimes (Subprocuraduría Especializada en Investigación de Delitos Federales, SEIDF) initiated the investigation based on a complaint filed by a group of environmentalists, artists, and writers. Two opposition politicians joined in the action: federal Deputy Guadalupe Acosta Naranjo of the center-left Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), and Leopoldo Domínguez González, a former mayor of Nayarit’s capital city, Tepic. Domínguez González is affiliated with the conservative Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). According to the complaint, Sandoval Castañeda’s declaration of assets at the start of his administration only included one large property: a modest home in the city of Guadalajara, which is in the neighboring state of Jalisco. Shortly after taking office, Sandoval Castañeda began to flaunt his wealth on social media, including his ownership of a 17-hectare ranch, El Ensueño, in the coastal municipality of San Blas.

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