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Dolia Estevez, a contributor to Forbes Magazine, has published a list of the 10 most corrupt Mexicans in 2013.
Also in the list are Genaro Garcia Luna, the Secretary of Public Security under former President Felipe Calderon. Garcia Luna has been linked to cartel kingpins like “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Federation, Mexico’s most politically influential cartel.
Alejandra Soto is also on the list. She is the former spokesperson for former president Felipe Calderón and is now a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of government even though she never graduated college.
Her mentor Calderón is also lecturing this year at the Kennedy School.
Harvard spokesperson Doug Gavel told the Fronteras Desk that due to student privacy policies he is unable to comment.
The former governor of Tabasco, Andres Granier and that of Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington, whose indictment this month by a court in Texas was reported by the Fronteras Desk, round up the list of the top corrupt Mexicans of 2013.
Yarrington is charged with taking in millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf Cartel in return for allowing it to smuggle industrial-sized amounts of cocaine into the U.S.
The list offers a fascinating glimpse into a phenomenon Mexicans understand all too well: the misuse of public office for personal gain.