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Mexico's first lady returns mansion she bought from contractor after scandal broke out

  • FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, a worker stands outside a $7 million mansion that belongs to Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera, located at Sierra Gorda 150, in Mexico City. Rivera returned the mansion she bought from a firm that had won lucrative contracts with the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s Public Administration Department said Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, a worker stands outside a $7 million mansion that belongs to Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera, located at Sierra Gorda 150, in Mexico City. Rivera returned the mansion she bought from a firm that had won lucrative contracts with the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s Public Administration Department said Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera arrives to a signing ceremony at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City. Rivera returned the $7 million mansion she bought from a firm that had won lucrative contracts with the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s Public Administration Department said Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera arrives to a signing ceremony at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City. Rivera returned the $7 million mansion she bought from a firm that had won lucrative contracts with the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s Public Administration Department said Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mexican First Lady Angelica Rivera has returned the $7 million mansion she bought from a firm that had won lucrative contracts with the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Rivera said late last year she was buying the house from the company on monthly payments with money she earned as an actress. The company held the title to the mansion until it was paid off. Rivera said last year she would sell off her rights to the property.

Government comptroller Virgilio Andrade said Friday that Rivera had reached an agreement with the company to pay about $635,000 (10.5 million pesos) in rent for the nearly three years she used the property.

The company agreed to return about $875,000 (14.5 million pesos) she had made in payments on the mansion.