Teacher Union boss arrested on Corruption Charges

Elba Esther Gordillo

Elba Esther Gordillo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not here…in Mexico…but can’t be far off happening here. Nevertheless, anywhere in the world that unions exist, corruption soon follows:

Union head Elba Esther Gordillo, known as Mexico’s most powerful woman, has been arrested on corruption charges.

Ms Gordillo, who runs the 1.5 million-member Mexican teachers’ union, is alleged to have diverted about $200m from union funds to personal accounts.

No-one from her legal team has responded to the allegations, but in the past she has denied any wrongdoing in handling the funds.

The arrest came after major reforms to the education system on Monday. 

President Enrique Pena Nieto signed the sweeping reforms, which seek to change a system dominated by Ms Gordillo in which teaching positions could be sold or inherited.

“We are looking at a case in which the funds of education workers have been illegally misused, for the benefit of several people, among them Elba Esther Gordillo,” Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said.

His office alleges Ms Gordillo, 68, used the money on property, including in the US, private airplanes and plastic surgery.


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