How many white-collar huachicoleros are there? So far we do not know the list of the huachicoleras companies, although there is a name that stands out: Hidrosina, the large chain of gas stations owned by William Jorge Karam Kassab.
The huachicol was for several sexenios a crime in sight of all. Hidrosina, represents the paradigm of impunity that benefited Pemex trade unionists, officials, authorities and businessmen.
His file is two years old. And nobody did anything, not even the then director of the Finance Financial Intelligence Unit, José Antonio Meade, much less the PGR under the command of Raúl Cervantes.
The stain of the huachicol extends and covers officials of the previous sexenios. For example, during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto – now on a trip to Madrid with a model, according to the published photos – impunity spilled over several officials.
Specifically, during 2016 and 2017, the Treasury has detected 11 businessmen who did not acquire fuel from Pemex, but they did sell fuel, which reveals that they allegedly bought huachicol.
This is the case of Karam Kassab, owner of the largest gas station network in Mexico, a businessman who is designated as “prestanombres” of the corrupt former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, and for being part of the famous ecocide in the Tajamar Mangrove.
The brothers Jorge William and Paul Karam Kassab built an emporium under the support of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), a party that shared the ownership of gas stations with their corresponding huachicol, officials and former officials, and politicians of different levels.
The Club of Huachicol PRI and PAN is going to be uncovered. The Karam Kassab brothers, for example, obtained 193 permits to operate gas stations from the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE); 34 of them are in the State of Mexico, and 26 in Veracruz and Tamaulipas.
In the last 30 years, the Karam Kassab brothers became millionaires doing business under the protection of the political power of the PRI, with characters such as the former Yucatec banker Carlos Cabal Peniche, friend of Carlos Salinas de Gortari; also with Moisés Mansur Cysneiros, included in Javier Duarte’s money laundering court record.
The little brothers, well known in the political and gasoline environment, sold an apartment to another key man in this business: Emilio Lozoya Thalmann, former Secretary of Energy and father of the much researched, but still unpunished Emilio Lozoya Austin, former director of Pemex and key player in the fraud of the case of bribes by Odebrecht, that supposedly were used in the presidential campaign of Peña Nieto.
In short, the skein of corruption of fuels and the respective huachicol, includes more names, all millionaires of course: the brothers Isaa Tafich, Rogelio Montemayor Seguy, Antonio Juan Marcos Issa, Solomon Issa Tafich and sisters, Carlos Mouriño Terrazzo, brother of Juan Camilo Mouriño who died in a plane crash at the emblematic Pemex tower, the Loret de Mola Gómoroy family, Antonio Vega Serrador or the former Governor Roberto Borge Angulo or Anuar Fayad Hassan Vega.
The huachicol’s empire is broad and diverse. Little by little we are learning about who make up this criminal network and in particular its accomplices.
Santiago Nieto Castillo, the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), said in his recent appearance before the Chamber of Deputies, that there are 33 “business” men denounced and another 188 related third parties, because they have deposit operations for more than 5 billion pesos and withdrawals for more than one thousand 033 million pesos.
Regrettably, Nieto Castillo limited himself to saying that he is a “former Deputy, a former Municipal President, four former Pemex officials …” and many more “ghosts” without a name.
We Mexicans deserve information. We have the right to know who are the cause of the robbery of the century of the huachicol. So much so, that it is urgent to know the names of the “tsars” of the huachicol so that they stop doing “business” at the expense of Mexicans’ money.
The information is crucial. At least, we already know the name of the judge who protects the white-collar huachicoleros. It is the tenth district judge, Francisco Gorka Migoni Goslinga, who ordered the unblocking of 32 Hidrosina bank accounts, property of the powerful brothers Karam Kassab, whose fortune is incalculable and continues to grow, while they enjoy freedom.
The measures against the huachicol should include the disqualification of this type of “entrepreneurs” to continue doing “business”. If they are not properly prosecuted and sentenced to jail, at least they will take the ill-gotten money back to the treasury and go to benefit all Mexicans. Urge a bit of poetic justice.
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