Another former Pemex director is investigated for corruption

Mexico could regain control of a car oil company operated by Akron

Another former Pemex director is investigated for corruption
Juan José Suárez Coppel led Pemex from 2006 to 2012 - Photo: Ariel Ojeda/EL UNIVERSAL
English 02/07/2019 16:47 Noé Cruz Serrano Mexico City Actualizada 16:56
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Juan José Suárez Coppel, who led Pemex during Felipe Calderón's government, will be investigated by the federal government for the sale of the Mexicana de Lubricates' shares owned by Pemex, after being associated for almost 20 years.

Authorities are investigating irregularities in the agreement to finalize its society with the company in 2012, including Salvador José Martínez Garza's forged signature, who is the owner of Impulsora Jalisciense, as well as the checks the businessman allegedly used in 1993 to become partners with Pemex and create MdeL.

This opens the possibility for Pemex to recover the company, which now operates with Akron.

The documents obtained by EL UNIVERSAL reveals that the purchase of 49% of the MdeL stocks, now known as Akron, was made using checks issued from a bank account owned by a society Pemex was part of, that is, Pemex paid itself to allow the businessman to become its member without him supplying any financial resources.

Thanks to this partnership, for over two decades, Martínez Garza was able to enter an oil and lubricant market that, in 1993, was valued as “a market that represents 719 million liters, including Pemex's self-consumption and the (market) directed to the industrial and automotive industry.”

According to Inserf, every year, Pemex commercialized products worth USD $225 million and which placed the business “among the 40 largest companies in the companies in the country.”

Also, authorities are investigating the use of four checks, since there is evidence that shows that those resources weren't allocated to Pemex Refining. The checks are worth a total of MXN $508.4 million and the resources came from Mexicana de Lubricantes' bank accounts, which later became MdeL and where Pemex was the majority shareholder.

Corruption at Pemex

There are two operations carried out between Pemex and Impulsora Jaliscience that could be considered as corruption acts perpetrated by Pemex workers.

1. In 1993, Pemex self-paid itself to create a society with the company owned by Salvador José Martínez Garza.

2. This society was dissolved in 2012, using a Martínez Garza's forged signature to create MdeL.

The documents that are now considered as evidence of a possible corruption act were reviewed by the former Pemex director, Juan José Suarez Coppel, because the dissolution and sale of MdeL were approved during his time at Pemex, despite the irregularities.

In 2011, Suárez Coppel acknowledged the irregularities at Pemex and vowed to file lawsuits against officials who were negligent and carried out irregularities in the administration of MdeL, a company that became a hub of irregularities, but he never filed charges.

On July 18, Joel Corona, the general director at Akron, said that the agreement to dissolve the society between Pemex and Impulsora Jaliscience was a legitimate process.

The executive says that Salvador José Martínez Garza's signature is real and that there are no possibilities that Akron is returned to Pemex.

Nevertheless, Luis Fermín Cal y Mayor Rodríguez, an expert and criminalist, affirms that after the documents were analyzed, the signature does not belong to Martínez Garza and was forged. He also added that the “man had important physical disabilities and could not have signed said document.”


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