Mexico freezes Rosario Robles' bank accounts

The alleged diversion perpetrated by the two formed officials is linked to the Estafa Maestra

Mexico freezes Rosario Robles' bank accounts
The former official led two ministries during the Peña Nieto administration - Photo: Lucia Godínez/EL UNIVERSAL
English 06/08/2019 15:57 Diana Lastiri Mexico City Actualizada 16:05
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The Financial Intelligence Unit, under the Finance Ministry, froze the bank accounts owned by Rosario Robles, the former chief of the Social Development Ministry (Sedesol) and Emilio Zebadúa, her former senior official.

Official sources confirmed that their accounts were frozen because they are suspects in a money diversion case involving the Sedesol and the Agrarian, Territorial, and Urban Development Ministry (Sedatu), where they both worked.

The alleged diversion perpetrated by the two formed officials is linked to the Estafa Maestra, a massive fraud involving several federal agencies and public universities.

Last week, a judge subpoenaed Robles so that the Attorney General's Office charges her for the improper exercise of public service and is bound over to trial.

Robles said that she will appear before a supervisory judge on August 8.

She then sent a letter to the president of the Supreme Court, Arturo Zaldívar, where she says she considers there is a “media lynching” against her, which puts her integrity at risk and which has also influenced the justice system.

EL UNIVERSAL revealed that the Financial Intelligence Unit ordered the blocking of her accounts after it was disclosed that the Attorney General's Office prosecute her for the alleged diversion of public funds when she led the Sedesol and Sedatu, as part of the case known as the Master Fraud.

In her letter, the former Minister also said that until last year, the Attorney General's Office states there were to charges against her in connection with the massive fraud.
 

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