The Yacht Always Gets Them

A $1.8 million yacht purchased in Chula Vista figures in a U.S. bribery investigation of a senior official at Mexico’s state-run national electric utility.

The Mexican official, Nestor Moreno, received the yacht sold by the now-defunct South Shore Yacht Sales in Chula Vista.

South Shore Yacht Sales was registered to a Robin Goodman. County records show the business racked up tax liens in 2006 and 2008. An absentee judgement was recorded against Goodman and South Shore last year.

In addition to the yacht, Moreno allegedly received a $300,000 Ferrari Spider, and perhaps millions of dollars in cash in exchange for awarding a large contracts to firms in California and Texas, according to U.S. prosecutors.

Moreno’s name surfaced last week in U.S. District Court in Houston following the arrest of Angela Gomez Aguilar, a Mexican citizen.

Prosecutors say Gomez and her husband set up a company in Mexico that acted as an intermediary between Moreno and ABB Inc., the Swiss electrical engineering giant. Gomez also represented Lindsey Manufacturing of Azusa, California.

Moreno went on unpaid leave last week from Mexico’s national electricity monopoly, the Federal Electricity Commission, known as the CFE, after the allegations were published in the Houston Chronicle.

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