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Ex-Playa del Carmen mayor returning to face allegations of embezzlement, negligence

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Former Solidaridad mayor, Mauricio Góngora Escalante, is expected to be transferred to Playa del Carmen within the week to face allegations of embezzlement and negligence in the performance of his duties while mayor.

The transfer will come at the request of the Special Prosecutor’s Office of Quintana Roo. Rosaura Villanueva Arzapalo, head of the Prosecutor’s Office specializing in The Fight Against Corruption, explained that Góngora Escalante is linked to two investigations that were opened against him.

One of those is for the crime of embezzlement in the amount of 155 million peso and another for negligence in the performance of the public function for 5 million peso.

Góngora Escalante was arrested January 25 in Mexico City for his alleged responsibility in the financial loss of the municipality of Solidaridad and for alleged irregular performance of the public function.

At the time of the arrest, the head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, through a communiqué, announced that there were three administrative files before a judge. The first for the crime of irregular performance of the public function for damages of 594 million pesos. The second for embezzlement of 5 million peso and a third for embezzlement of 155 million peso.

For legal purposes, the date of transfer of Góngora Escalante to Playa del Carmen has not been released with Villanueva Arzapalo referring to it as a “legal strategy”.