A newspaper front page from 'SOL de la Tarde' dated May 7, 2024, featuring a headline about corruption with images of a woman, a nightclub sign, and smaller thumbnail photos related to economic projects.

Roxana Lili’s Corruption Empire Exposed

The bars "La Catrina" and "El Harem", situated on Juarez Avenue and Arco Vial respectively, are under scrutiny by state and federal authorities but continue to function, allegedly under the protection of Mayor Roxana Lili. Known for prostitution, drug trafficking, and late-night alcohol sales, these establishments have been reported by former employees who have been mistreated for non-compliance. Reynaldo Rizos Garcia, the head of the Collection and Inspection Directorate of Solidaridad, who has been linked to organized crime by councilors, prevents these venues from being inspected. Anyone attempting inspections faces harassment and threats. Local residents of Arco Vial and Benito Juarez Avenue in Playa del Carmen are fed up with the late-night noise and the lack of action from authorities, claiming that City Hall workers are colluding with the drug dealers.

Secret Financial Reports Delayed for Tax Approval

In an attempt to bypass the controls of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), the directories of two stock exchanges secretly submitted their financial reports to the Finance and Public Credit Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, according to Santiago Nieto Castillo, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Finance.

The Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) and the National Association of Propaganda and Publications Producers (ANPPOP) are implicated in this scheme, where they manipulated financial reports to evade tax and contribution approvals.

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Nieto Castillo stated, "We didn't publicize complaints about mismanagement, but we acted when bounced checks from organized crime groups appeared in our offices." He confirmed the presence of dubious transfers, criminal infrastructure, and corrupt schemes in these financial reports.

Reforms Passed Against Extortion Crimes

The Justice Commission and the Plenary of Congress have approved a reform that removes the need for victims to file a complaint to prosecute extortion crimes. This change was made to protect victims, deter criminals, and strengthen the rule of law.

Previously, the requirement for victims to file complaints often led to them being threatened and discouraged from cooperating with the investigation. This situation hindered the authorities' ability to effectively address the problem and provide protection to those who needed it most.

With the reform of article 163 and the addition of a final paragraph to article 124 Ter, the XVII Legislature of the State has approved that extortion crimes are prosecuted ex officio. This change to the Penal Code allows authorities to act more effectively in extortion-related investigations, without the need for a victim's complaint.