Peña Nieto to be investigated for illicit enrichment

The head of the Financial Intelligence Unit reported that the former president would have benefited with US$1.3 million.

Pablo Gómez Álvarez, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit, asked the Attorney General's Office of the Republic of Mexico to investigate alleged millionaire transfers made to Enrique Peña Nieto. "A scheme was detected where a former president obtained economic benefits, where it was observed that, by means of international transfers, he received 26,001,429 pesos and 74 cents of the national currency" (approximately US$ 1.3 million)".

Gómez pointed out that a relative of the former president Peña Nieto would have started to make transfers from a Mexican account to one in Spain on August 21, 2021 and pointed out that the alleged crimes would be established by the prosecutor in case of prosecuting this case.

Peña Nieto will defend himself

The former president expressed on his official Twitter account his confidence that the institutions for the prosecution and administration of justice will allow him to defend himself.


"In relation to the complaint filed against me by the Financial Intelligence Unit, I am certain that before the competent authorities I will be allowed to clarify any questions about my assets and demonstrate the legality of the same, within the legal procedures. I express my confidence in the Institutions of procurement and administration of Justice", said Peña Nieto in his official Twitter account, after learning of the accusation.

The former president of Mexico was previously accused of acts of corruption linked to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht by the former director of the state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) Emilio Lozoya, who is currently deprived of liberty.