César Duarte, former governor of the state of Chihuahua, is being held at the Social Reintegration Center (CERESO) number 1 in the municipality of Aquiles Serdán (REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)
On March 25, the former governor of the state of Chihuahua, César Duarte Jáquez, served a thousand days deprived of his liberty at the Social Reintegration Center (Cereso) number 1 located in the municipality of Aquiles Serdán. Just two weeks later, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported on the suicide of Antonio Tarín, an official who served as former director of Acquisitions and Services of the entity’s Ministry of Finance during the six-year term of the Institutional Revolutionary Party militant ( PRI).
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The death of the former official of the César Duarte administration has left a bitter taste in the mouth among public opinion and that is that, like the former governor, Antonio Tarín faced accusations for participating in a million-dollar diversion of resources that both he and other servers committed during the time they held positions in the Chihuahua Public Administration.
The death of the former director of State Acquisitions not only sparked speculation about the guilt he was carrying for embezzling the Chihuahua public treasury, but also revived the criminal process that César Duarte is currently undergoing and in which the former official was considered a key player. .
César Duarte was extradited to Mexico for crimes such as criminal association and aggravated embezzlement (Mexican Attorney General’s Office/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY NO RESESLES. NO ARCHIVES. FACES OBSCURED AT SOURCE)
For crimes such as criminal association and aggravated embezzlement equivalent to an amount of 96.6 million pesos, César Duarte Jáquez was arrested in July 2020 in Florida, United States. Two years later he was extradited to Mexico to be brought before the local courts.
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The former militant governor of the tricolor bench was accused of more than 21 charges related to acts of corruption and fraud for the theft of millions of dollars in government funds during the time he led the government of Chihuahua.
For these charges, the Chihuahua Prosecutor’s Office and the Specialized in Electoral Crimes (Fepade) issued arrest warrants against him.
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Having been apprehended in the United States, his extradition to Mexico was requested with a document indicating that from June 2011 to November 2014, the state of Chihuahua transferred 96 million 685 thousand 253 pesos to shell companies in which César Duarte was listed as the main shareholder. In the same way, the militant of the tricolor bench was accused of diverting resources from the public treasury of the state he governed to finance electoral campaigns of his party.
The former official of the César Duarte administration in Chihuahua made an attempt on his life during the early hours of this April 7 (Government of Chihuahua)
During the time that César Duarte served as governor of Chihuahua, he was supported by some of the officials in his closest circle to continue diverting resources from the entity’s public treasury, this is how the name of Antonio Enrique stood out among the multiple officials indicated. Tarin Garcia.
The former director of Acquisitions and Services of the State Treasury Secretariat was sentenced in July 2019 by a Prosecution Court to six years in prison for embezzling resources from the public treasury, according to information from the Chihuahua government.
According to what was stated in a bulletin from the Government of Chihuahua and the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), after presenting arguments and solid evidence, the social representation accredited before a Prosecuting Judge the criminal responsibility of Antonio Tarín in the diversion of 2.4 million Treasury pesos.
In this way, it was established that the former official had committed the crime in co-authorship with the former local deputy, Fernando Mariano Reyes Ramírez and with the businessman Iván Elí Sánchez Jasso, who were also sentenced.
The Government of Chihuahua explained that the diversion of resources for which Antonio Tarín was accused occurred between July and September 2016 after he simulated a process of contracting professional services with a company identified as Bildung Consultoría Organizacional S&S SA de CV
In the same way, an investigation by El País indicates that the former official of the César Duarte administration was also involved in the so-called Operation Safiro, which consisted of a diversion of more than 600 million pesos from the Chihuahua government to support campaigns. elections of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).