Mexico’s Pemex confirmed on Tuesday that one of its employees was among three people arrested for alleged extortion tied to a food and hospitality contract tender.

The company said that a complaint made by a Pemex employee to the country’s Ministry of Public Administration prompted the investigation.

According to a statement released by the company, the complaint is related to a tender Pemex was offering for food and hospitality services for residential platforms in Campeche Sound.

The company said the defendants asked the company for $630,000, or about 10 million pesos, in cash and two vans to “support” its bid to win the contract.

A complaint was filed with the Public Ministry by the Ministry of Public Administration on June 25.

The company said the three defendants, one of whom is an employee of Pemex, were arrested the next day.

Officials are still investigating the allegations to determine if other public officials are involved.

According to the AP, a judge has ordered that the three defendants be held on extortion charges.

Pemex said that it has been cooperating with the investigation since its outset.


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