Former head of Miguel Mancera’s cabinet is arrested

Julio César Serna Chávez, former chief of staff of Miguel Ángel Mancera and former general coordinator of the Central de Abasto (Ceda) of Mexico City, was arrested on Saturday by elements of the CDMX Attorney General’s Office, accused of illicit enrichment.

The spokesman for said prosecutor’s office, Ulises Lara, announced that the former capital official was arrested in the Jardines del Pedregal neighborhood of the Álvaro Obregón mayor’s office, in compliance with an arrest warrant for his alleged responsibility in the crime of illicit enrichment. He was admitted to the North Prison of Mexico City awaiting the initial hearing where a judge will determine whether or not to bind him to the process.

Julio César Serna, former general coordinator of the Cabinet of the Headquarters of the Government of Mexico City, was disqualified in September 2019 by the Secretariat of the Comptroller’s Office for a period of 10 years, along with two other public servants, for incurring in irregularities in the sale and illegal allocation of warehouses in La Ceda.

According to the FGJCDMX, the three former officials identified unused warehouses of the Central de Abastos and assigned them to be sold immediately.

Julio César Serna is also related to an investigation folder initiated in the prosecutor’s office for the investigation of crimes committed by public servants for improper use of powers, and in another one for an event in Iztapalapa for damage to someone else’s property.

“Based on the investigation made into the asset evolution of the apprehended, the assets he has and the expenses he made do not correspond to the income he obtained at the time from the positions he held. It is possible that a part of the income obtained by said person has its origin in the Income Tax contributed by the workers of the public administration of the City ”, said Ulises Lara.

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