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Police hone in on illegal sale of state licenses and plates being sold on social media with help of public officials

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Special Prosecutor’s Office in Combating Corruption is following the footsteps of a network of state and municipal officials in collusion with individuals for the irregular sale of licenses and vehicle plates in Quintana Roo.

According to the investigation initiated by agents attached to the Playa del Carmen headquarters, there are indications regarding the participation of active state and municipal officials in the Transit directorates that has been allowing the commercialization of a license for as much as 1,700 peso.

They say the alleged corruption network offers the licence plates and driver’s licenses on social media. The officials then use third parties to carry out their specific function, sometimes with with falsified documents. They money is kept and not deposited into the state agency.

“This represent damage to the state patrimony because the officials carry out the procedures, but the state coffers do not reflect the income from the collection of rights corresponding to those actions,” says one of the ministerial agents.

The corruption network was discovered Friday when the Special Prosecutor’s Office in Combating Corruption detained two people who identified themselves as public servants. The pair were arrested in Region 97 as they were about to sell a Cancun driver’s license.

When reviewing the state’s database, it was determined that they were not public servants, however, police were able to verify that the license they were selling was real.

The Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that their investigation now includes the transit areas of all 11 municipalities of Quintana Roo, as well as all offices of the Ministry of Finance and Planning (Sefiplan) where license plates are issued.

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