Genaro García Luna received millions from the previous Mexico City’s administration

Santiago Nieto, head of Mexico’s Finance Intelligence Unit, said that in 2017, Mexico City’s government gave MXN $31.3 million to a private company owned by García Luna

Genaro García Luna received millions from the previous Mexico City’s administration
Mancera’s administration gave public resources to a company owned by García Luna – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 27/12/2019 16:29 Alberto Morales Mexico City Actualizada 16:29
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Former Mexico’s Security Minister Gerardo García Luna received, through a companies network, money from Mexico City’s government during the Miguel Mancera administration (2012-2018), according to information revealed on Friday by Santiago Nieto, head of the Finance Intelligence Unit (UIF).

Santiago Nieto informed that in García Luna’s case, Mexico City’s government is being investigated since, during the term of Miguel Ángel Mancera, it gave public resources to a company owned by the former Security Minister.

During the morning news conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the National Palace, Nieto Castillo said that in 2017, Mexico City’s government gave MXN $31.3 million to the firm Glac Security Consulting Technology Risk Management S.C., directed by García Luna.

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Nieto said that besides the triangulation of resources from the Interior and the Treasury Ministries, the investigation has also detected a transfer from the previous administration in Mexico City.

“They are only data linked to two ministries, Public Security and the Interior, in addition to Mexico City’s government and that is the investigation process we have until now,” he said.

In the morning news conference, the official added the way in which García Luna and his relatives took advantage of public resources for several years.

According to Nieto, the former official, who is under arrest in the United States accused of links to the Sinaloa Cartel, created in 2011 the firm Nunvav Inc, specialized in technological solutions, telecoms, and software.

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Previously, García Luna would have purchased a spying software in 2008 from the Public Security Ministry.

“A software acquired with public resources was used in a private company,” Nieto explained.

Through Nunvav Inc, with its headquarters in Panama, García Luna received, from 2013 to 2018, payments from public agencies and sent resources to Israel, Latvia, China, and the United States, among other countries.

According to Nieto, the money received through these triangulations to Nunvav Inc, and then to other firms, financed the luxurious life of García Luna in Miami.

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Consequently, Santiago Nieto confirmed the continuation of the UIF’s investigation against García Luna and his relatives, who took advantage of public resources during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).

Santiago Nieto said that the UIF has no evidence that the former presidents Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto knew about these operations.

Nieto confirmed that both the former Supreme Court Minister Eduardo Medina Mora – who recently resigned due to an alleged corruption case – as well as García Luna have blocks on their bank accounts.

“Both of them are in the list of blocked persons” and this would mean, according to the UIF, that there are “allegedly illicit activities” and hence a lawsuit was presented to the Mexico Attorney General’s Office (FGR).

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Regarding the total amounts that have been blocked from García Luna, he said they are still “waiting for information” from Panama and the United States.

In this regard, López Obrador said that the lawsuit against García Luna was presented last December 24 after his accusation in the United States.

“The UIF investigated and the FGR followed suit,” he said, and added that had there not been action, they would have been “partners” in crime.

Nieto denied that this case is a political persecution and said that this case is about not “covering anyone.”

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The UIF’s investigation
Santiago Nieto pointed out that García Luna’s is just one of the representative cases the UIF has investigated and stressed that in the last year, it has blocked approximately MXN $2.8 billion to people who are part of criminal groups related to fossil fuel theft or political corruption.

He stressed that in total there are currently 868 persons blocked by the UIF, among which are four former state governors and some active governors, as well as criminals.

When asked about the assets of El Chapo Guzmán, who is sentenced to life in prison in the United States, Nieto said that, by orders of the Security Cabinet, they were required from the U.S. Treasury Department.

He asserted that in the U.S., the Sinaloa Cartel assets are already extinguished and that in Mexico, there are 330 natural and legal persons linked to the cartel with blocked accounts so that the resources cannot be moved from the finance system.

“We’re working on another global blocking agreement for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel,” he concluded.

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