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State granted investigation extension against former Playa del Carmen mayor

Chetumal, Q.R. — The State Attorney General’s Office says that during a recent hearing, they have been granted an investigation extension regarding Mauricio Góngora Escalant, ex-mayor of Playa del Carmen.

The Chetumal judge granted the state another three weeks to gather evidence against the former mayor, who is imprisoned for the alleged crimes of embezzlement. Mauricio Góngora Escalant was arrested in Mexico City in January by the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City at the request of the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo.

The former mayor, who governed the municipality of Solidaridad from 2013 to 2016, is being investigated for various crimes that amount to patrimonial damages in excess of 754 million peso.

The charges stemmed from May of last year when current Playa del Carmen mayor, Cristina Torres Gómez, pointed out that her predecessors Maurio Gongora and Rafael Castro incurred irregularities of 400 million pesos 19 in the exercises of their function.

Prosecutors of the state have until August 22 to gather their additional evidence. Mauricio Góngora Escalant remains in the Chetumal prison awaiting trial.