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September 24th, 2010

It turns out that the Justice Department gave U.S. announced through a statement the investigation of bribery by a network of hundreds of thousands of dollars on those involved four officials of the Federal Electricity Commission. The press reports that John O'Shea, a former manager of a branch of the U.S. company Sugar Land (corporate subsidiary of ABB Group) authorized in 1997 to bribe-four directors of which are still not released their names, in exchange for contracts. The operation was coordinated by the Mexican Maya Fernando Basurto, who had contacts with these officials and who confessed his guilt on 16 November. O'Shea, was charged with 18 violations of the Law on Foreign Corrupt Practices, which also includes charges of money laundering, conspiracy and falsifying documents.

According to authorities, the branch signed at least two contracts with CFE for goods and services since 1997, the first to implement an Information System Real-Time Energy Management and Control (SITRAC) by 44mdd and the second 2003-a period in which he led Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, to renew, modernize and maintain the SITRAC by 37mdd. The agreement with the CFE was corrupt managers give them 10% of the money obtained by the Sugar Land awards, "that they did not even competitive bidding. The bribes were disguised as legitimate payments "for technical and maintenance services." As expected the reaction of the CFE was distance themselves from the allegations that he never had knowledge of these acts, and even filed a professional complaint that led to the preliminary investigation 136/2009 against the person responsible for acts of corruption involving U.S. companies, which will be the responsibility of the Prosecutor for Crimes Committed by public servants of the PGR. However, documents in a U.S. federal court, ensure that ABB reported these facts to the Mexican authorities at least since 2004 when the company discovered that bribery and alerted the Justice Department and the U.S. Mexican authorities. The issue is not the time to finish and in many cases it is said that Light and Power Company was also involved in contracts with the company of Swiss origin, which by the way, justified by the federal-extinction by the presidential decree 11 October. But the question remains in the air, is it really the Commission Federal de Electricidad a "world-class company?


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