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Odebrecht corruption in Argentina: all changed when ex president Kirchner died

Tuesday, May 8th 2018 - 07:18 UTC
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The Odebrecht official revealed that the president of the Argentine Construction Chamber, Carlos Wagner, was interlocutor of the agreement The Odebrecht official revealed that the president of the Argentine Construction Chamber, Carlos Wagner, was interlocutor of the agreement

A leading manager of the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht involved in corrupting government officials in virtually all Latin American countries revealed that millions of dollars in kickbacks were delivered in Argentina to pay for the natural gas pipelines network expansion contract.

 Marcio Faria do Bentos, one of Odebrecht CEO's in the conglomerate's raft of companies and who reached a plea and cooperation agreement with the Lava Jato Brazilian investigators of Petrobras corruption, confirmed the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars to Argentine officials, but all changed when ex president Nestor Kirchner died in 2010.

“Everything was smooth and neat. But what changes the whole picture was the death of Nestor Kirchner. We kept to the terms of the agreement, until then it was all running smoothly”, Faria is seen stating in the Brazilian prosecution videos to which the Buenos Aires media had access.

“But with the death of Kirchner, everything changes in Argentina, and so does our understanding. We ceased paying to see what was going on, because under Kirchner he was the only boss”, said Faria.

However not long after a private lobbyist, Jorge Corcho Rodriguez contacted Faria with the purpose of “solving the problems”, and the contract “again started ticking smoothly”.

The Odebrecht official also revealed that the then president of the Argentine Construction Chamber, Carlos Wagner, was the interlocutor between the managing team of the Brazilian conglomerate involved in public works contracts and the Argentine officers from then president Cristina Fernandez administration who were demanding bribes.

 

Categories: Politics, Argentina, Brazil.

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  • golfcronie

    Surprised? NOT really.

    May 08th, 2018 - 09:12 am +2
  • Jack Bauer

    “The Odebrecht official also revealed that the then president of the Argentine Construction Chamber, Carlos Wagner, was the interlocutor between the managing team of the Brazilian conglomerate involved in public works contracts and the Argentine officers from then president Cristina Fernandez administration who were demanding bribes”.

    Just imagine, “ the Argentine officers from then president Cristina Fernandez administration were demanding bribes”, and weren't sharing them with their boss, CFK....how stingy of them.

    May 09th, 2018 - 06:55 pm +2
  • Jack Bauer

    @EM
    Whoever mentioned the “Toad” ? but just for your exclusive benefit, and for the 'N'th time, I have mentioned it several times, and will do so again : I AM convinced Temer and the PMDB is corrupt...very corrupt....satisfied Reekie ??
    I'm trying to protect NO ONE. I'll leave Macri to you, the expert on Argentina, and I'll stick to Temer, how's that ?....but I do need to explain one thing to you...yet once again: while Temer is in office he can be investigated but not prosecuted; when he finally loses his immunity (against prosecution), probably beginning 2019, I will keep you informed on the progress - which, if you followed reliable news from Brazil, you would already know about the Rodrimar /Libra investigation to do with a presidential decree (Temer) regarding the Port of Santos, whereby the two companies were apparently favoured - in exchange for bribes - and the JBS corruption. Meanwhile, try to refrain from moaning without reason.

    And you are right...I do not specialize on neoliberals - I specialize on NO ONE ; I only attempt to clarify and express my opinion on whoever makes the headlines due to corruption. Yesterday it was Lula and the PT....today it still is, but tomorrow it'll be Temer and many of his pals and ex-ministers.

    May 10th, 2018 - 04:33 pm +1
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