24 May 2019
AP — A former executive at Mexico’s state-owned oil company who was sanctioned this week by the comptroller’s office has been identified as Pemex’s former director Emilio Lozoya by the head of the country’s financial intelligence unit.
Santiago Nieto, who investigates crimes for Mexico’s finance ministry, congratulated the comptroller via Twitter late Wednesday for banning Lozoya from holding public positions for 10 years. The comptroller hadn’t identified the executive.
The comptroller’s office said in a statement that the former Pemex official was banned because he had twice failed to report the existence of a bank account in regular statements about his assets. The account held hundreds of thousands of pesos.
Lozoya’s lawyer Javier Coello Trejo could not be immediately reached, but told local press outlets that he would seek to have the sanction nullified. He said that the confusion stemmed from an account that Lozoya’s mother had opened that listed him as the beneficiary.
Nieto said the ban was “a fundamental step in the fight against corruption and impunity.”
Read more at the Associated Press
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