Former Coahuila treasurer shows invoice with alleged bribery to 'El Universal'

Héctor Villarreal, former Coahuila Finance Secretary, testified that Genaro García Luna paid 25 million pesos a month in bribes to The universal.

Villarreal worked for Humberto Moreira while he was governor of Coahuila, who introduced him to the then Secretary of Security during the six-year term of Felipe Calderón.

In a meeting, García Luna offered the Chihuahua government the purchase of the program Pegasusbut allegedly Moreira refused for fear that the program would be used by García Luna himself to spy on his officials.

García Luna asked Moreira for help in approaching The universalto have favorable coverage of the rumors that he had been kidnapped by members of organized crime.

The approach worked, but in exchange for a monthly payment of 25 million pesos. The former Finance Secretary testified that he was present when the arrangement was made, in which the owner of the newspaper Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz participated.

During the interrogation, the former official confirmed that he himself operated the financial scheme to obtain the resources for these bribes.

The witness presented an invoice from the Ministry of Finance and El Universal for a campaign to rescue tourism, for 11 million pesos, which allegedly never existed.

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