Translated by Fulano from an article in Rídoce.mx.
Las Grullas, Ahome.- “Let those bastards come so we can hang them from the highest tree, fucking thieves, such a fucking corrupt government we have, including that Malova,” exploded Domingo Díaz Leyva, a ejido member of this community that was swindled by PRI party Malova politicians to evict them from Isla La Piedra and La Lechuguilla, where the Sinaloan version of Cancún will be built.
For those who the peasants call thieves are now the exalted politicians: Bernardo Xavier Cárdenas Soto, Under Secretary of Standards and Registry of the government of Mario López Valdez (Malova); Humberto Javier González Díaz, Secretary to mayor-elect of Ahome, Arturo Duarte García, and the apparent ringleader of the thieves; Everardo Moreno Cruz, candidate for president in 2006 from the PRI party and former judge of the Agrarian Courts, and Juan Carlos Estrada Ayala, ex-director of Economic Development for Ahome. All of them accused of maneuvering to appropriate a US$350 million project to be constructed here, on 3,500 acres of beach.
Don Domingo is not the only person robbed. Along with him there are 351 more peasants. And they are not the only ones, because along with them there are Canadian investors who have been defrauded, whose stolen investment is more than 3 million Canadian dollars, according to estimates from Michael Robatzek, finance director of Marina Development Playa Cortes, who added to that amount the investment returns to be paid in 2013.
Robatzek confirmed that Cárdenas Soto, González Díaz and Moreno Cruz created the company BEH Development and Consulting S.A. de C.V., which was used to defraud them.
The representative of these people was González Díaz, who received US$555,000 over recent years to close on the contracts for the lease or sale of the ejido properties La Lechugilla and Isla La Piedra with the ejido members.
González never made any progress on the project and justified the expenditures of money on bribes to federal, state and local officials. Among those bribes, he reported the hiring of prostitutes and drinking binges for the officials. When it was demanded that he account for this, he disappeared. He never responded to emails. Based upon this, an investigation was initiated, said the Canadian, who disclosed the huge fraud.
To recover the money, the investors will resort to federal criminal courts, prosecutors, agrarian and international courts and will call for justice for the Malova government officials. They have hired two law firms, one in Los Mochis and another in Monterrey and he is about to move to Los Mochis.
Ricardo Torres Reyes, former ejido commissioner, recalls the fraud that Humberto González perpetrated with the ejido, using Canadian dollars. “After many unfulfilled promises, he convinced the ejido members of La Piedra to subdivide it, and obtained the minutes of the meeting on July 12, 2009. He did this for 10,000 pesos (US$800) to some peasants, the remainder were given Scotiabank credit cards, but no money. He gave some computers that never worked, and washing machines and refrigerators that worked only a few months. He raffled off a motorcycle and got the peasants drunk.”
Don Domingo still has the credit card. He has it for one reason: to meet Humberto González or his Malova officials and “Shove it where it belongs,” he said.