The DOJ unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging the former chief executive officer of Braskem S.A. with helping his company and Odebrecht S.A. amass a giant slush fund and use it to bribe officials and political parties in Brazil.… Continue Reading
A witness in the Odebrecht corruption case in Colombia died this month at his home near Bogota of what appeared to be a heart attack. Three days later his son died from cyanide poisoning.
The father, Jorge Enrique Pizano, was an auditor for the Ruta del Sol II road project in Colombia.… Continue Reading
On May 9 the DOJ announced a new policy concerning the coordination of penalties imposed by more than one regulator or law enforcement authority in corporate resolutions.
This new policy (pdf) against “piling on” requires DOJ attorneys to “coordinate with one another to avoid the unnecessary imposition of duplicative fines, penalties, and/or forfeiture against [a] company,” and further instructs DOJ personnel to “endeavor, as appropriate, to .… Continue Reading
The DOJ said in a court filing Monday that the U.S. share of Odebrecht’s “global” criminal penalty for its December FCPA resolution will be $93 million and not $260 million. That reduction means the combined Odebrecht/Braskem FCPA settlement isn’t big enough to make the top ten list.… Continue Reading
At a time when U.S. leadership in the world is no longer a surety, we should be comforted to find another western hemisphere country proudly taking the lead.
The United States may well have written the first chapter in global anti-corruption enforcement. But the second chapter?… Continue Reading
The Brazilian judge overseeing the politically explosive investigation into a massive bribe and kickback scandal at the state energy company died Thursday in a plane crash.
Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was killed when a light plane he was travelling in crashed into the water near Paraty in Rio de Janeiro state.
Zavascki, 68, presided over the corruption investigation known as Operation Car Wash.… Continue Reading
While the U.S. share of Odebrecht’s “global” criminal penalty for its December 21 FCPA resolution is not yet known, it’s going to be at least $260 million. Its subsidiary, Braskem, agreed to pay the DOJ and SEC $159.8 million for FCPA offenses.… Continue Reading
Brazil construction giant Odebrecht S.A. and its petrochemical unit, Braskem S.A., pleaded guilty Wednesday to paying bribes around the world. The companies agreed to pay $3.5 billion for a global settlement with authorities in the United States, Brazil, and Switzerland.… Continue Reading
Brazil petrochemical giant Braskem SA said Wednesday it will pay about $957 million in penalties and damages for a global settlement related to the Operation Car Wash corruption and kickback scandal.… Continue Reading