Company Involved: Portugal Telecom SGPS SA
Industry Subsector: Mobile Telecommunications
Officials Involved: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil; Antonio Palocci, former finance minister
Enforcement Action: Investigation
Summary: Prosecutors in Brazil are investigating Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in connection with Brazil’s sweeping “mensalão” scheme, in which monthly bribes were paid to coalition party deputies in exchange for political support. Incarcerated businessman Marcos Valério de Souza testified that in 2005 da Silva and Antonio Palocci negotiated a $7 million payment with Portugal Telecom that was used to pay political campaign debts.