Cyber Robotics Solutions, a company owned by León Manuel Bartlett Álvarez, son of the head of the Federal Electricity Commission, Manuel Bartlett, was sanctioned by the Ministry of Public Function (SFP) for a series of irregularities detected in the sale at a premium to fans that held the IMSS-Hidalgo on April 17. Through the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), two circulars were published to report that this company has two disqualifications for 24 and 27 months, as well as two fines totaling more than two million pesos.
The Civil Service explained that after the IMSS delegation directly awarded a contract to the company of Manuel Bartlett’s son in April – the same that does not produce medical supplies -, with the justification that there was an urgent need to care for COVID-19 patients in Hidalgo, the agency in charge of Irma Eréndira Sandoval detected the following ‘falsehoods’:
On May 1, an investigation by Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (MCCI) revealed that the IMSS delegation in Hidalgo assigned Cyber Robotics Solutions a contract for 31 million pesos for the acquisition of 20 respiratory ventilators. Each ventilator was purchased for one million 550,000 pesos, which represents the most expensive price since the coronavirus emergency was declared. León Manuel Bartlett confirmed the sale of the equipment, but rejected that it was at a premium, and assured that the process was carried out transparently and at reasonable prices. Just 3 days later, on May 4, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in his morning press conference that there would be an investigation and a sanction in the event that any irregularity was detected in the overpriced purchase of these fans. On May 13, the IMSS-Hidalgo delegation returned the 20 fans purchased from the León Manuel Bartlett company and on May 28, four officials related to this sale-purchase were suspended. This Monday, the SFP also detailed that these four officials are investigated for the possible commission of administrative offenses and that all the procedural stages of this procedure have already been concluded, so that soon the corresponding sanctioning resolution will be issued. The Public Function thanked society for its participation in the fight against corruption and reported that, since February 27, when the first positive case of SARS COV-2 was confirmed, 722 citizen complaints have been received for possible administrative irregularities in health institutions . “Throughout the pandemic, more than 2,000 contracting processes in the Health sector have been supervised and this scrupulous review will continue to ensure that the emergency is not used as a pretext to cover up embezzlement for the people of Mexico,” the agency said.
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