|Elba Esther Gordillo|
Source: Animal Politico
The Attorney General’s Office, Jesus Murillo Karam, said that the leader of the SNTE (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación) (National Education Workers' Union) Elba Esther Gordillo, was arrested for allegedly misappropriating and diverging funds from the SNTE to personal bank accounts.
|Jesus Murillo Karam, Pictured At Far Left|
Murillo Karam reported that Elba Esther is now detained at the airport in Toluca located in the State of Mexico.
At a press conference, Murillo Karam said that the SHCP (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público) (Mexico's Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit), filed a formal complaint with the PGR (Attorney General) when they detected an irregular operation totaling around 2 billion pesos ($156 million) in two accounts of the SNTE.
The official explained that from 2008 to 2012 there were funds that were diverted from SNTE worker’s accounts to mainly three individual accounts in foreign banks. This money, according to Murillo Karam, was subsequently withdrawn by these people in foreign banks through checks and cash transfers.
The two accounts of the SNTE from where the money was withdrawn from had around $156 million and also had an output to 4 people in particular and a corporation— a real estate company.
The deviations of resources from the SNTE include: shopping malls, payments to cosmetic surgery clinics, art galleries, and buying property abroad. He also goes on to say that Gordillo allegedly used the funds to pay for her plastic surgery, her credit card bill from Neiman Marcus, the purchase of a private airplane, and to buy a house in San Diego valued at around $1.7 million dollars which she claims belongs to her mother and other family members.
|Alfredo Castillo Cervantes|
We will have to analyze the other accounts of the SNTE, said the attorney for the Regional Control (Control Regional, Procedimientos Penales y Amparo de la PGR), Alfredo Castillo.