Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mexican Political Family's Close Ties to PRI Party and Prime real estate in the U.S.

Lucio republished from NYT 

José Murat Casab, left, a former governor of Oaxaca and an influential member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Members of his immediate family have bought at least six properties in the United States, records and interviews show. Credit Said Hernandez/Revistatucan.com 

In the fall of 2013, one of Mexico’s top housing officials posted an item on Twitter about an advertising campaign promoting mortgages for low-income Mexicans. The campaign’s message was simple: “The most important thing in life is in your house.”

It carried the tag line, “Homes with value.”

The official, Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, knows something about homes with value, especially across the border.

The windshield of a minivan after a reported assassination attempt 
against José Murat in 2004. Credit Jorge Luis Plata/European Pressphoto Agency


Over the years, he and members of his immediate family — starting with his father, José Murat Casab, a former governor of Oaxaca — have bought at least six properties in the United States, including two condominiums near a ski resort in Utah, another at the beach in South Texas and at least one in Manhattan, according to records and interviews. In New York, José Murat’s children have also lived for periods of time in one of the more modest condos at the luxurious Time Warner Center overlooking Central Park.
Alejandro Murat’s wife, Ivette Morán, purchased a condominium at 40 West 55th St., left, for $1.18 million,
 property records show. Mr. Murat says the condo is owned by his uncle, José Hinojosa.

 
Ownership of the homes was often obscured through variations on family names listed on deeds or through shell companies, according to records examined by The New York Times. In fact, on the day the younger Mr. Murat tweeted about the housing program, public filings in Florida recorded the transfer of a $750,000 Boca Raton condo that had been purchased in his wife’s name to an entity called IMRO 2013 Trust.

The Murats’ real estate holdings stand in contrast to the Everyman image that José Murat, renowned for his political might and booming personality, worked to project as governor.

“I arrived to the state government with my wife, Lupita, and my four children,” he said a year before his term ended in 2004. “And I’m leaving as I arrived, with the same trousers, with the same shoes, with the same shirts and the same car.”

The Murat properties, which emerged during a Times investigation into the people behind shell companies that own condominiums at the Time Warner Center, have not been the subject of any official inquiry and there is no evidence of any wrongdoing behind the purchases. But the private assets of Mexico’s public officials have come under intense focus recently with a fresh round of revelations and protests centered on the country’s endemic corruption. 
Last fall, a scandal erupted over reports that a government contractor had built a multimillion-dollar home for the wife of Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto. While Mr. Peña Nieto’s wife, Angélica Rivera, said she was paying for it with money she earned as a soap opera star, she also revealed she owned a condo in Florida. Around the same time, Mr. Peña Nieto disclosed his own $3.3 million in real estate, jewelry, art and other investments. Last week, he said a new federal comptroller would examine purchases by him and his wife of homes in Mexico.
And in December, an official at Infonavit, the housing agency run by Alejandro Murat, resigned after a photo of his son with a Porsche was posted on social media, setting off a furor and prompting federal inquiries. The official said the posting was a joke and the car did not belong to his family.
These revelations added to the already widespread anger over accusations that corrupt police officers were involved in the abduction and presumed murder last year of 43 college students by a drug cartel. As demonstrations spread, Mr. Peña Nieto was reeling. His Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, had ruled the country for seven decades until 2000, and he had pledged to erase its legacy of corruption when he took office more than two years ago.
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21 comments:

  1. Mexico and Mexicans

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    1. Want a good reason why MILLIONS of impoverished Mexicanos become indocumentos? You just read why. And scumbag gringos whose only interest is CASH partcipate or ignore the looting of Mexico. The AG and IRS "could" if they wish FORCE foreign nationals to reveal their true PASAPORTE names on investments in the EUA but because there's money to be made that will never happen. A pair of ethically demented societies.

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    2. Why should "scumbag gringos" care if Mexican officials themselves don't care? Who's Country is it anyway? Stop projecting playing the victim and admit that it is"scumbag Mexicans" who are looting Mexico. It cannot be fixed until it is admitted.

      This family, what are they ethnically Lebanese? The last name is interesting. Just curious on that matter.

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    3. @ 5;42-Just like the wealthy Chinese[aren't they corrupt too?]buying up Vancouver and Toronto.Vancouver is 2nd most expensive city in world to live after Hong Kong that Canadians cant even afford it.The average 3 bedroom house is $1,000,000 dollars!

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  2. Another example of the politics in mexico .corrupsion .when a politic in mexico take a position they said is now or never to be rich . Never go tp change mexico because transparecia is 0

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  3. If you want to get rich mexico political party is where to go .

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    1. or drug trafficking,extortion schemes.kidnapping.etc.anything but a REAL job.

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    2. "etc.anything but a REAL job"

      Some of you people have led sheltered lives "a real job"
      Where do you people live?Fuckin Alice in Wonderland?

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  4. Isn't it standard procedure for all these crooked Mexican governors and politicians to channel the funds they embezzle into purchasing real estate in the USA ? Sad...and all their minions are paid off all the way down and up the line while the good honest citizens get screwed. I don't see how these scumbags can live with themselves. Too bad the assassination attempt on this cretin failed.

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    1. Sometimes they buy villas in Spain. For retirement, of course. *Ahem.

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  5. What if i told you pena nieto owns houses in the US?

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    1. where in miami condo key biscayne unless you can tell mw where in miami or anywhere in florida i can find out more to specifics thank you

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  6. 5:42, you know he does, so that aint surprising news

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  7. Not Mx Public Housing u mean Murats (Ratas) real Estate C0. Give the guy a break only trying make little $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

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  8. I am leaving the US and become a Mx Congressman. Its a real Money maker

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  9. Shoots! A good part of south padre island's real estate and local economy is propped up with the money from traffickers and corrupt politicians.

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  10. The good.old times for corruption!!!

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  11. Is not going to changes the Mx seem to like it

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  12. Bags of scum! Second to terrorist muslims

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  13. The more aristocrat of the corrupt mexican politicians, get two or three villas full of ferraris on Switzerland, and tall white blond ho's to match with the houses and the cars, the carpet doesn't have to match the curtains...
    --just ask former governor and pederasta compadre Mario Marin how to do it, for his beloved son...
    --Switzerland does not go around expropriating corrupt illegal money, they wait until you die and nobody can claim your money, then they keep it...

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  14. Money talks. Cities and realtors listen. It is an 'A-B' conversation. The Gov. C's it's way out of it. Say hello to your new neighbors (if you are rich). I have seen the 'migra' chasing shoeshine boys doqn the street while mexican citizens use their day visas to get to the mansions that they own upon the hill in the U.S.

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