The mega-fraud in Lechuguilla

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.

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Bahía de los Ángeles residents demand justice!

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

Residents of Bahía de los Ángeles

BAHÍA DE LOS ÁNGELES.- Representatives of most of the little more than 200 families who are residents of this town complained to EL MEXICANO of the actions being taken by ambitious persons to take over ownership of more than 450 acres, which is practically the entire town of Bahía de los Ángeles, which has a population of more than 1,000 people, dedicated mainly to tourism and fishing.

Personnel from EL MEXICANO carried out a two-day inspection of the town, collecting the concerns of the residents, who demand that justice be done, as a group of “lawyers,” who work for obscure interests are sowing fear among the townsfolk, such that through coercion they sign a document where the “give up” their rights to their properties which they have inhabited for many years and which for most of them is their only asset.

There were many accusations against former and current officials of the State Attorney General’s office, however, what happened almost three weeks ago, where Ensenada ministerial police officers – such as the case with the chief of the group, José Luis Mena Jaloma, who did the “dirty work,” carried out two kidnappings disguised as “legal actions,” which ended up as the illegal arrest of two people. Martha Flores Trejo, the criminal judge in San Quintín, issued arrest warrants for them. But, as these people were about to be placed into the Ensenada penitentiary, in violation of all legal concepts and further denying their most basic constitutional rights, they were also accused of crimes which they did not commit and which is a part of a “strategy” based on fear and intimidation so that they will soon abandon their properties.

Bahía de los Ángeles has become of great interest to investors, as well as for some wealthy Americans and former PAN party officials of government headed by Eugenio Elorduy Walther, who have in past days been spreading fear in the area to carry out a mega-operation in which the rightful residents say that patrols were brought in, including municipal police from Tijuana, which were added to the ministerial police from Ensenada which were previously mentioned, and who are taking orders from their former bosses.

The families point out Evangelina Agúndez (who is called by the nickname “La Yiyi”), as well as her husband, Adrián Silvestre Gómez, among others who want to end up owning the town, as the material authors of these unfortunate events. The beaches are one of the better known for their natural beauty and they have planned the construction of a marina and port for the arrival of international cruise ships, all this to be done with private capital.

This will become a “plus” for the already coveted properties, taking into account that with this will come a waterfall of large investments, as additionally, Bahía de los Ángeles has a VFR only airport where aircraft owned by multi-millionaires, such as Gulfstreams, Challengers and Lear Jets, among others, can land.

Last Sunday, September 22, there was a meeting of the residents at Campo Congrejo, in the presence of personnel from EL MEXICANO, where they agreed to take legal actions against these people and those who help them. They also pointed out the local municipal delegate, Fermín Smith Guerra, is less than a “zero” and he is accused — along with his
whole family — of having taken over the delegation for more than 9 years and they threatened that with the new municipal administration, they will substitute Fermín with his brother, Eduardo.

One of the residents most bothered by the situation is Rafael López, who said  “we live in a paradise because of the incomparable beauty of Bahía de los Ángeles, but we are living in a Hell because they want to evict us from our only assets, and despoil it and we are not letting them,” he said emphatically in the presence of the reporter and photographer of this newspaper and the 50 representatives of the families who make up the majority of the residents.

A CALL TO THE AUTHORITIES

In this sense, and through this news media, they are urging the authorities from all three levels of government that the residents of the town should have a true state of justice, and to stop waffling and act against those who are trying to harm the residents and deny them their legitimate interests. In the case of the president of the commission for ejido “Tierra y Libertad,” whose name is Manrríquez, they urge him to take a stand, as the ejido is also a part of the real and complex problem of which the town is suffering.

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Elderly Ensenada man dies, denied medical treatment

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.

Ensenada, B. C. – A man of about 65 years of age who was not treated in local hospitals for “lack of space,” died early yesterday after waiting more than an hour for medical attention.

The victim, Julián Vázquez Martínez, had a medical history of tuberculosis and lived in Maneadero.

The first report, at 1:40AM, was responded to by paramedics from the Technical Rescue Squadron, headed by Francisco Mora.

The paramedic said that the victim was bleeding and had difficulty breathing.

He said that upon the first contact with the elderly man, he found him to be “conscious and oriented,” however as time passed, the patient became depressed and entered into crisis.

“And no place wanted to receive him due to his contagious infection,” he reported.

“We were parked 20 minutes in the Maneadero health center, but as the man was getting worse, I made the decision to take him to the General Hospital, where were were waiting more than 30 minutes without any doctor coming to examine the patient,” he recalled.

The patient started to have serious breathing problems, and the paramedics decided to ask a police patrol to officially record what was happening, due to the risks that the situation could cause.

“When the doctors saw that the police were there, they changed their attitude,” he said.

A few minutes after being admitted to the hospital, the man was declared dead.

“We know that the victim was not in a healthy condition, but if he had been attended to, perhaps we would be telling another story,” he lamented.

A repeating situation

Paramedics questioned on the matter said that the situation faced by the Technical Rescue Squad is often repeated in their routine activities.

“Fortunately, we cannot say that every event ends in death, but we struggle to get patients treated,” they agreed.

They pointed out that the situation has mainly become worse in the past two weeks on Fridays and Saturdays. “We believe that many who respond to emergencies can identify with this unfortunate event, and it is a part of our responsibility to make this public so that the situation can be resolved. There are lives at risk.”

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Rosarito police abuse American resident

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

The peacefulness which American Susan Leigh Frasier has experienced in the 10 years she has been a resident of Baja California changed completely on the night of Sunday, September 8 when she was abused by the police.

That night and into the early morning hours, municipal police violently entered her private home located in the Los Angeles subdivision, in support of a subject who claimed he had sold his vehicle to Frasier and she was two weeks behind in her last payments.

At least six police officers, some of them masked, and accompanied by the accuser, César Pérez Avilés, broke into the American’s home to recover the vehicle parked on her own property.

According to César Pérez Avilés, some months earlier she agreed to purchase his 1995 Chevrolet Suburban for US$3,000, with scheduled payments.

Weeks later, when she had already paid $2,500, she discovered that the car was illegal and had a problem with the documentation. In addition, it was a 1995 model, and not a 1997 as Pérez Avilés had told her. Once he was aware of this, he agreed to reduce the price by $400.

But far from fulfilling his agreement, he was bothered by Frasier’s delay in what was to be the last payment. So, on the evening of Sunday, September 8, using his influence, he came with a convoy of police to surround and then recover the vehicle.

“As the front gate was open, they entered and came up to the front door of my home and beat it very hard to open it. My three little daughters fearfully locked themselves in a room,” said the distraught foreigner.

Once confronted by César Pérez Avilés, the victim told him she would make the final payment in question in a matter of moments and as proof she gave him the keys to the vehicle. But as the police did not want to wait, Pérez got into the vehicle and took it, escorted by the police.

For this abuse, Frasier went to make a complaint to the Municipal Trustee and also before the Municipal Secretary.

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Japanese tourist beaten and robbed in Acapulco

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Universal .

With the apparent motive of robbery, a Japanese tourist was attacked and beaten by unknown persons in a popular colonia of Acapulco.

The head to Tourist Prosecution Office, an agency of the Secretary for Development of Tourism in Gerrero, Juan García Delgadillo, reported that the attack was around 6:30AM this Friday, when the Japanese tourist was heading for his hotel.

The tourist is originally from Fukushima, Japan, Abe Horonori, who Thursday night was drinking with some people at a bar.

According to the tourist ministry representative, the Japanese man said he was with some unknown people early in the morning heading for his hotel, the Villas Lupita, located on calle Antón de Alaminos, one block from costera Miguel Alemán.

Almost at the hotel, on calle Articulo 27, his companions beat him and took his cell phone and money.

After the beating, witnesses to the events called the emergency number 066 and later Red Cross paramedics arrived to treat the injuries caused by the beatings, and place the victim in a private hospital in the Magallanes subdivision.

Juan García Delgadillo reported that Abe Horonori arrived in Acapulco last Wednesday from Mexico City, and this Friday he was to travel to Guatemala.

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Combating sexual tourism in Baja, predators identified, Gringo enclaves are targeted

Translated by Fulano from an article in Uniradioinforma.com

TIJUANA.- Tourist destinations in Baja California, like Rosarito, which are places of residence for retired American citizens, have become sexual tourism zones, said Claudia Murillo Morales, head of the State Attorney General’s Anti-human Trafficking Department.

“Right here in Playas de Rosarito, there is an area in front of Cantamar, an area which we have had twice reported to us, all this area of Rosarito and beyond has many Americans, including retired persons who are living there. But of the complaints that have been reported to us, we have gone to the homes and that person is no longer there because they are people who rent for a week or 15 days. That is how the human traffickers operate, they do hot stay in one place,” she said.

To combat these cases, the State Attorney General is working in coordination with the United States Embassy, with the goal to corroborate the criminal history and identity of sexual predators who live in the region.

“We have reports that have come to us, telephone reports of Americans, we have two Americans who have been reported and are under investigation. We are hot on their heels but have not captured them yet. I am in constant communication with ICE and they are constantly trying to provide information. Give me the name of this person because I have this name, to see if this person exists, how old, physical description to understand who we are looking for,” she added.

For all of the above, the authorities are warning people to take precaution in colonias and subdivisions were there is little stability [of residents.]

“The are not private homes, they are condominiums which are rented by the week or month or year, they are not stable homes,” she concluded.

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