Former Nayarit Mayor of San Blas "Didn't Steal a Little, He Stole It All"

Mexico News Daily
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October 1, 2017


Ex-mayor Ramírez and his successor, Yescas

The mayor of San Blas, Nayarit, stole more than just a little, his successor has charged.

Hilario “Layín” Ramírez Villanueva won election in 2014 after admitting during a campaign speech that he “only stole a little bit” during a previous term as mayor of the coastal municipality that lies 160 kilometers north of Puerto Vallarta.

This week, Candy Yescas Blancas, who was sworn in as the new mayor of San Blas two weeks ago, charged that there were irregularities in spending in which millions of pesos were “diverted directly from a municipal account to one in Hilario Villanueva Ramírez’s name.”

“He didn’t just steal a little, he stole it all,” she charged.

The mayor said the total of the funds embezzled will be determined following the completion of an audit after which legal action will be taken.

Among the problems detected so far, she said, are money owing to municipal staff salaries and suppliers.

” . . . I think the municipality is bankrupt; they didn’t pay salaries and yesterday [the Federal Electricity Commission] wanted to cut off our power, a move that would have left people without potable water,” the mayor said.

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