Former Mexico president, Peña Nieto

In April 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department included Enrique Peña Nieto, former president of Mexico, in a report. He allegedly had a link to Juan José Rendón, an international Venezuelan consultant sympathetic to the Revolutionary International Party (PRI), who may have incurred in acts of electoral espionage during the 2012 presidential campaign.

The Treasury Department also contextualizes the accusations of Andrés Sepúlveda, a hacker who claimed that Rendón installed spy equipment in the campaign offices of Peña Nieto’s political opponents, on the eve of the 2012 election. These accusations were published in 2016 by the British newspaper The Guardian.

The plot continues to take shape, as MCCI published last August 31st that the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) has a statement from Emilio Lozoya, former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), in which he assures that Peña Nieto’s campaign team hired Rendón’s services. However, these were not reported as campaign expenses.

“Lozoya’s statement presented last August 11 accuses former President Enrique Peña and former Finance Minister Luis Videgaray of having ordered him to triangulate Odebrecht’s money to pay for the services of 10 electoral advisors for the PRI campaign in 2012, among them a company linked to Rendón,” explained Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity.

The deposits were made through Innovation Research Engineering and Development Ltd., Odebrecht’s front company in Mexico, and Latin America Asia Capital Holding, a company related to Lozoya Austin.

He points out that the Brazilian firm appears several times in several Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR), in several investigation documents of the U.S. Treasury Department on money laundering.

In addition to the irregularities accused by the former director of Pemex before the FGR, the investigation points to the fact that the campaign team of EPN could have incurred in the crime of kleptocracy for alleged espionage during the 2012 elections. However, this act has not been proven, the current evidence only points to the consulting services provided by Juan José Rendón to Enrique Peña Nieto.