Seven transport corporations implicated in Petrobras rip-off

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Revealed August 21, 2017 3:01 PM by

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Brazilian prosecutors have expanded a complete “Lava Jato” investigation into corruption at state oil agency Petrobras, and are actually trying into two alleged bribery schemes involving international transport corporations.

Within the first case, prosecutors alleged {that a} high-ranking Brazilian politician accepted a bribe of greater than $400,000 from Florida-based asphalt ship operator Sergeant Marine. The politician, Candido Vaquereza, reportedly helped Sargent safe contracts with Petrobras totaling $180 million. Brazilian police have issued warrants for the arrests of Sergeant’s consultant, Luiz Eduardo Laureiro Andrade, and two former Petrobras managers. Vaccarezza is already underneath arrest; His legal professionals denied the allegations.

Sargent joined Vitol in March 2016 to type the three way partnership Vault, one of many world’s largest asphalt merchants. The alleged actions all predate the three way partnership.

On Monday, Florida-based transport magnate Harry Sargent III issued a press release emphasizing Sergeant Marine’s non-involvement and non-ownership. “Sergeant Marine, the entity lately implicated within the Brazilian Automobile Wash corruption investigation, was and is an organization owned, managed and operated by my father and brothers. I’ve no possession or involvement within the enterprise and affairs of Sergeant Marine, together with “Lava Jato” contains any conduct with out limitation involving Brazilian transactions that type a part of the investigation. Whereas I’ve no involvement on this firm, I’m absolutely cooperating with Brazil and different authorities in relation to their ongoing investigation. I’m prepared for it,” he stated.

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Individually, prosecutors allege that six Greek tanker corporations used a London-based ship-broking agency, a collection of offshore accounts and a Greek diplomat to pay thousands and thousands of {dollars} in bribes to Brazilian civil servants and politicians. In return, these executives reportedly helped six transport corporations safe a mixed $500 million in Petrobras contracts from 2009-2013. The allegations stem from proof revealed within the earlier levels of the Lava Jato investigation.

The businesses implicated embody Olympic Companies, Perosia Delivery, Tsakos Agen Dynacom, Dorian Hellas and Galbraith. On Friday, Brazilian police arrested six suspects and introduced 11 others in for questioning in reference to these allegations.

“These new operations ship a transparent message: international corporations in Lava Jato is not going to be spared” [investigation]Prosecutor Athayde Ribeiro Costa stated. , , Maybe they did not understand that the historical past of Brazilian impunity [does not apply] Lava to Jato.”

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