MEXICO CITY –
Mexico’s Attorney General’s office said on Tuesday it had opened multiple investigations into former President Enrique Pena Nieto, weeks after the country’s anti-money laundering agency accused the former leader of handling millions of dollars. la in the funds may be illegal.
Pena Nieto is being investigated for election-related crimes involving the company, money laundering and illicit enrichment, according to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office.
The press statement referred to him only as “Enrique` P” in keeping with Mexico’s policy of not identifying those accused of crimes. But an official from the prosecutor’s office confirmed that it involved Pena Nieto.
Pena Nieto ran Mexico from 2012 to 2018 and has since lived in Spain. When the criminal complaint from the Financial Intelligence Unit was released last month, Pena Nieto wrote on his Twitter account that his money was legitimate.
No charges have been paid.
Last month, Pablo Gomez, the unit’s head, said a company run by the Pena Nieto family had a “symbiotic relationship” with a company that received about $500 million in government contracts while he was the owner. president.
Tuesday’s announcement didn’t add many details, but it did name Spanish construction company OHL, which has a subsidiary in Mexico, involved in a number of allegations against Pena Nieto. It said charges could be brought in that investigation in the coming months.
Gomez also said Pena Nieto received money transfers from a relative, apparently linked to two companies – his family’s and one contracted by the government – for about $1.3 million later. when leaving office.
In 2016, Mexico’s National Securities and Banking Commission fined OHL the equivalent of more than $4 million for alleged accounting errors, the largest fine the agency had imposed at the time. there.
OHL’s Mexican subsidiary said at the time that it “always acts transparently and with best corporate practices.”
A year earlier, OHL was involved in a scandal in Mexico over possible corruption related to highway contracts. The recordings appear to show company executives discussing bribery and a plot to raise tolls.