U.S. authorities have joined Brazil’s investigation into alleged bribery involving Petrobras and some of the world’s largest trading companies, according to the Brazilian law enforcement officer in charge of the probe.
Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno stripped his vice president of his authority Thursday over corruption allegations that emerged amid a battle for power within their ruling leftist coalition. In a signed decree, Moreno said he was withdrawing all the tasks that had been assigned to Vice President Jorge Glas since both took office in May, which included overseeing a production council and earthquake reconstruction.
Bribery and corruption cost the world economy as much as US$2 trillion every year, money that instead could be used to fight poverty, create jobs, and protect the environment. A new report by the International Monetary Fund says the money lost to corruption every year is 2% of the global GDP.
French power company Alstom paid millions of dollars in bribes to secure lucrative contracts in Sao Paulo state in 1998, a Brazilian newspaper reported this week. The Estado de Sao Paulo cited federal police documents as saying Alstom executives were among 10 people facing charges in connection with the scandal.
Ralph Lauren Corp. has agreed to pay 1.6 million dollars to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, after finding that its subsidiary in Argentina repeatedly bribed customs officials, federal authorities announced Monday.
The defence of one of the main accused at Brazil’s “trial of the century” claimed at a hearing before the Supreme Tribunal (Supreme court) that former president Lula da Silva (2003/2010) was who ordered the bribes scheme to buy votes in Congress.
A former management board member of Germany’s Siemens AG has been charged with breach of trust for alleged bribery payments made to win a project in Argentina, the Munich State Prosecutors office said this week.