He was accused of organized crime, fraud, extortion, illegal enrichment, diversion of resources, electoral embezzlement, corruption, and even Carlos Antonio Romero Deschamps (Tampico, 1944), the other oil leader awarded during the 26 years of the sheikh’s life at the expense of Budget of Pemexdied unpunished of myocardial infarction.
Romero Deschamps He is a monument to corruption: even as a pipe driver—his first job at Pemex, at the age of 14—, when he milked fuel. Even in the role of reviewing collective contracts when he extorted and blackmailed the workers.
Even so PRI deputy or as the general secretary of Section 35 of the oil union, when he had no condition with another union boss: Joaquín Hernández Galicia, La Quina, arrested in 1989 by order of Carlos Salinas.
Catching is the key to criminal life of Romero Deschamps, because on June 25, 1993, supported by Salinas, he replaced Sebastián Guzmán, another corrupt leader who succeeded La Quina, in the leadership of the oil union. By December of that year, Romero Deschamps had imitated the practices of quinismo and caused a confrontation between oil workers in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, events in which one union member died and seven were injured.
As a Salinista and PRI senator, Romero Deschamps knows how to conquer Ernesto Zedillo, who insisted on petrochemical privatization. The reconciliation between the two happened when Zedillo ordered Rogelio Montemayor, director of Pemex at the time, to agree to Romero Deschamps to deliver 1,100 million pesos to PRI Finance Secretariat for the presidential campaign of Francisco Labastida.
According to the former IFE, the transferred amount amounted to 640 million, of which 500 was withdrawn by PRI officials a month before the presidential election.
This diversion of public resources, by the oil union, became known as Pemexgate and the electoral body fined the PRI one billion pesos.
The judicial process that started for the crime of rigging the election was suspended due to lack of evidence presented, but there is a version that Romero Deschamps He fought it because at that time a similar scandal was known: the Friends of Fox, a civil association founded by José Luis González, a former employee of Coca-Cola, and operated by Lino Korrodi , another Tamaulipas with dark stories.
A Felipe Calderon It was also won and if in 2001 the member of PAN was the architect of the process of removing the immunity of Romero Deschamps in the Chamber of Deputies, as president he invited him on his tours and supported him. Thus he navigates between conjunctions reinforced when Enrique Pena Nieto won the election and the PRI returned to power.
Between 2012 and 2013 when the children of Romero Deschamps were presented to the world: Paulina Romero, the eldest daughter, spread photos where she was proud of a life of luxury and waste. His brother, José Carlos, received a Ferrari Enzo, worth two million dollars.
Alejandro, the third son, received 108 million pesos in his accounts, traveled first class and got shares in a company founded in British isles to acquire luxury goods, real estate, collector cars, antiques and jewelry.
The preference of descendants is the reason why Romero Deschamps was asked how much wealth can be made if he earns 28 thousand pesos per month.
The unprovenness of this luxurious life caused the media to discover that at least eleven of his relatives work for Pemex, earning a total of 700 thousand pesos per month; and led to the Prosecutor’s Office criticizing him, along with his wife and children, for illegal enrichment, money laundering and fraudulent administration.
Until then the oil leader decided to resign from the leadership. In his resignation, he accused the “lack of cooperation between workers and administration to promote the projects that allow Pemex to really progress.”
President López Obrador, for his part, said that Romero Deschamps submitted his resignation voluntarily.
López Obrador returned to the attack in 2021, announcing in his morning conference that the Prosecutor’s Office is following Romero Deschamps for deposits of almost 300 million pesos and because he found luxury properties in United States.
A tour conducted by MILLENNIUM Television at that time he testified establishment of departments where the Deschamps have the ultimate jewel of real estate: an accommodation worth 4.6 million dollars, located on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The second property is at number 1005, a few blocks from Court in MiamiIn the city center.
The third property is located in an exclusive Subdivision of Coral Springs, whose value is 3.2 million pesos. The other two properties are located on Brickell Avenue, in the financial center, with valuations between 12 and 25 million pesos, and whose address is registered as a tax domicile for companies founded by a son son and daughter-in-law of Deschamps. United States..
In 2021, the portal HOWEVER revealed that Deschamps received a “pension of 45 thousand pesos per month, bonus, sales bonus from the oil company, basic basket, gas, gasoline, funeral expenses, life insurance, comprehensive medical services (…)
In addition, Pemex is reportedly obligated to continue paying his post-mortem pension to family members such as his spouse and children.