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Mauricio Góngora Escalant, ex-mayor of Playa del Carmen arrested for irregularities, embezzlement of millions

Mexico City, Mexico — The former president of Solidaridad, Mauricio Góngora Escalante, was arrested Thursday afternoon by agents of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Quintana Roo in coordination with ministerial elements of Mexico City.

Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech Cen stated that the arrest was made due to three separate charges. The charges are for the alleged irregularities of 594 million peso, 5 million peso and 155 million peso.

The first charge is for irregular performance of the public function, another for embezzlement of an approximate 155 million peso and the third also for embezzlement of 5 million peso.

Mauricio Góngora Escalante, ex-candidate of the PRI-PVEM-PANAL to governor in 2016, was arrested while shopping in a mall in Mexico City. He was immediately transferred to the facilities of the PGJ in Mexico City for a routine medical.

Late Thursday night, Góngora Escalante was transferred to Chetumal on a commercial flight where he will be presented before the control judge who issued the arrest warrant.