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Borge’s secretary undergoes preventative arrest, seizure of property

Cancun, Q.R. — The Attorney General’s Office of Quintana Roo has ordered the preventive detention of the former Secretary of the Government, Gabriel Mendicuti, saying that his arrest was a precautionary measure.

Ministerial police of the State’s Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Fight against Corruption (FECC) arrested Roberto Borge’s government secretary, Gabriel Mendicuti Loria, on charges of property damage for 534 million peso.

Through a statement, the Office of the Prosecutor explained that the defense requested an extension. A hearing has been scheduled for January 26, where a judge will determine if Mendicuti is linked to the complaints filed by the office of the Attorney General.

Gabriel Mendicuti Loría, former mayor of Solidaridad (2002-2005) and former government secretary during a time of the Government of Roberto Borge, is being investigated for irregularities that include millions of peso.

Aside from his arrest, the state has also seized 18 properties in Playa del Carmen and one in Mahahual along with 21 vehicles.

The arrest was made in the event the process ends in a conviction. It came just one day after presidential candidate José Antonio Meade campaigned in Cancun with Gabriel Mendicuti Loría.

State Attorney General Miguel Ángel Pech Cen confirmed that Gabriel Mendicuti Loría was arrested in Puerto Aventuras and has been transferred to Cereso prison in Chetumal.