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Sempra Energy, Inc. Faces Legal Issues

Sempra Energy, the San Diego-based Fortune 500 Company, seems not to be so trustworthy after disclosure of accusations against Sempra Energy related to issues of allegedly contraband, tax fraud and money laundering.

 
PRLog - Nov. 7, 2012 - Sempra Energy (http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/October-2012/Spotlight-on-Women-Debra-Reed/), the San Diego-based Fortune 500 Company, seems not to be so trustworthy after disclosure of accusations against Sempra Energy related to issues of allegedly contraband, tax fraud and money laundering.

According to the newspaper Vanguardia (http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/semprainvestigadaporlavadodedinerofraudefiscalycontrabando-1392069.html), the Mexican Attorney General is following-up an investigation into Sempra Energy that has already completed by the Mexican Federal Tax Attorney and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.  The complaint (#5120925) was issued by Felipe Ruanova Zárate (http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/semprainvestigadaporlavadodedinerofraudefiscalycontrabando-1392069.html)  on September 25, 2012.   Enrique Méndez Y Roberto Garduño of La Jornada (http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/semprainvestigadaporlavadode...) whom reported that Sempra Energy allegedly has earnings of over approximately 13 billion pesos that has not been declared to the Mexican government declaration due to its accounting schemes.

The complainants stated that if Sempra Energy operations were set-up in full compliance with Mexican law that it would have to pay an addition 8 billion pesos in taxes. (http://www.tiempoenlinea.com.mx/index.php?option=com_cont...)  According to findings reported by Enrique Méndez and Roberto Garduño, allegedly Sempra Energy’s company directors are at fault for the failure to pay taxes.  Thus the Mexican National Institute of Migration was alerted to not allow the alleged offenders to leave Mexico.  

In the matter of fiscal fraud, the authorities need to determine why alleged taxes are not paid when profit is being generated on Mexican soil.   According to the complaint by Felipe Ruanova Zárate, Sempra Energy has also allegedly created fraudulent trust funds under registration number 186180 as has been reported by newspaper Vanguardia.

The legal problems of Sempra have also extended into the U.S. District Court of Southern California after Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo ruled in favor of Ramirez Ritchie regarding the dispossession land by Sempra Energy.  Judge Bencivengo ruled that trial regarding the dispute will take place in the U.S. after an examination of court documents. (http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2012/11/03/162742005-d...)  

Sempra Energy has had problems with its public image in Mexico most notably following the an investigation  by  Mr. Fausto Ovalle, a reporter for online newspaper La-ch.com who published the article: "The Secret of Sempra Energy" where he stated that “For ten years, the Baja Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) held a contract with Sempra Energy which made them lose 240 million pesos. The problem was that the CFE purchased and paid for natural gas from Sempra Energy and if they did not use the natural gas , then Sempra, with all the honor of a pig in a sty, bought back the surplus at a 20% reduction in price. Sempra Energy, always finding deceitful, dishonest ways to add (steal) to their unearned wealth.”

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