The office of the Mexican Federal Attorney General has seized a million-dollar house amid accusations purchased by the wife of the former state oil company CEO with bribe money.
The government closed the gates to the $ 1.9 million five-room luxury pad in Ixtapa, Guerrero, on Thursday.
The 3,578 square meter house was purchased in 2013 as a gift from Marielle Helene Eckes, the wife of Emilio Lozoya, who was once the head of PEMEX (Mexico Petroleum).
Prosecutors claim that it was purchased with repayment payments received from a government deal with a private company.
The palace is just one of three properties in the exclusive Quita Mar district. The 5-bedroom townhouse has its own private beach.
The Mexican Federal Attorney General's office has taken over the $ 1.9 million mansion from Marielle Helene Eckes, the wife of Emilio Lozoya, former head of the state oil company in Mexico.
The luxury house is located in the state of Guerrero and offers views of the Pacific Ocean and access to a private beach
The palace, which has its own outdoor swimming pool, was reportedly purchased with repayments after Lozoya had given the final OK for PEMEX to purchase fertilizer plant from Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA), one of Mexico & # 39; s largest steel producers, for $ 32.6 million
Each of the five bedrooms has its own bathroom and four have their own dressing room.
The master bedroom has its own living room, a terrace, a palm roof, a pergola above the garden to block the sun off the Pacific coast and a tent with a direct view of the water.
There are also two living rooms, a storage room, a fitness room, a movie room, a kitchen, a laundry room and a garage with parking spaces for three vehicles.
Records accessible to Mexican researchers show that the house was taken over by Lozoya & # 39; s wife, 11 days after the Mexican state oil company purchased the Agronitrogenados fertilizer factory from Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA) – one of the largest steel producers in Mexico.
The property has a private beach
The country house is just one of three properties in the exclusive neighborhood of Quita Mar
Emilio Lozoya (right) was the former head of the state oil company in Mexico during the tenure of former President Enrique Pena Nieto (left). Lozoya is accused of accepting $ 10 million in repayments from Odebrecht, a Brazilian company that is the largest construction company in Latin America
Government investigators in Mexico are investigating how a $ 1.9 million home was purchased by a gift from Marielle Helene Eckes (photo), wife of Emilio Lozoya, former head of the state-owned oil company
Lozoya signed with PEMEX to purchase the plant for $ 620 million Mexican pesos, or $ 32.6 million.
At the time, analysts thought that the fertilizer factory could no longer be used.
In a May 2019 report from the Mexican Ministry of Finance, it was charged that PEMEX ignored consultants and made risky investments without a perceptible business strategy.
The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the ministry froze the bank accounts of Lozoya and AHMSA and ordered the arrest of its president Alonso Ancira, who was held in Spain at the end of May.
He refused his extradition to Mexico and was released after placing bail on July 1.
The agency discovered unusual transfers between AHMSA and offshore companies associated with Lozoya and Odebrecht, a Brazilian company that is the largest construction company in Latin America.
In its findings, the FIU revealed that the accounts were frozen after & # 39; multiple operations were identified in the national and international financial system that were carried out with funds allegedly not from legal activities and suspected of being are derived from acts of corruption. & # 39;
Lozoya runs PEMEX from December 2012 to December 2016 during the tenure of former President Enrique Pena Nieto. He is accused of having paid at least $ 10 million in bribes from Odebrecht.
An arrest warrant issued for Lozoya and his wife on July 4.
Lozoya's order was suspended on Friday by a judge in Mexico City.
The judge based his judgment on his decision that the AG office provided a report proving that Eckes had bought the house in Ixtapa.
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