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Making money the old fashioned way… theft

24 May 2013

During Andrés Granier Melo’s governorship, about 1.6 billion dollars “disappeared” from the State of Tabasco’s treasury.  About 6.5 to 7 million U.S. dollars) of the missing funds seem to have been found, just sitting around in cash in a closet of a house belonging to the Granier administration’s State Treasurer.  While I’m sure it’s all just a misunderstanding (doesn’t everyone have a closet full of boxes of 500 and 1000 peso bills ?) it is suspicious, given that Granier himself rather disappeared his last day in office.  Not that anything happened to the Gov, but  it doesn’t look good when he resurfaces in the a den of thieves… otherwise known as Miami.

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Show me the money! State prosecutors present the evidence to the press. EFE photo

Enrique Peña Nieto seems to be backing the state’s investigation of the Granier Administration, as the new Socialist (PRD-PT-MC) Adminstration of Tabasco Governor (and economist) Arturo Núñez Jiménez tracks down missing funds (much of which seems to have gone into business ventures in the United States and into beachfront properties in Tabasco).  While being spun as a serious anti-corruption campaign, but one wonders if it isn’t more payback for Granier having been the first Tabasco Governor from the PRI to lose his state to the opposition.   Granier was taped bragging about owning 400 pairs of shoes and 300 suits (and whining that he couldn’t wear them around Villahermosa, it not looking right for the Governor to be too turned out), which makes me think it’s less that he’s just a bigger crook than some others, but that, like Elba Esther Gordillo, but was too ostentatious a crook to be quietly allowed to slip away.

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