Odebrecht ordered to pay $2.6bn in fines for bribery
Brazil’s largest engineering company, Odebrecht, has been ordered to pay $2.6bn in fines for its role in a vast bribery scheme.
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A US judge sentenced the company this week on 17 April following a plea deal between the company and US, Brazilian and Swiss authorities, Reuters reports
Odebrecht and affiliated petrochemical company Braskem SA, pleaded guilty to US bribery charges in December.
Prosecutors charged Odebrecht with paying about $788m in bribes to officials in 12 countries, mostly in Latin America, to secure contracts.
Some of those bribes flowed through US banks, prosecutors said.
The US Justice Department dubbed the case the “largest foreign bribery case in history”. According to its admissions, Odebrecht engaged in a massive and unparalleled bribery and bid-rigging scheme for more than a decade, beginning as early as 2001.
This week US District Judge Raymond Dearie said at a hearing in Brooklyn federal court that Odebrecht will pay around $2.39bn to Brazil, $93m to the US, and $116m to Switzerland.
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