Editors

Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Colombia investigates deaths of Odebrecht witness, son

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

Paw and Orihuela: The long shadow of Odebrecht’s corruption

For over a year, Brazilian federal police could not access the files on Marcelo Odebrecht’s notebook computer. They tried using the password from Marcelo’s cell phones, with no luck.

Even Marcelo himself could not access the computer, as his password had been generated by two different electronic tokens that change combination with each access, and he no longer had the tokens following his arrest.… Continue Reading

Brazil Car Wash judge killed in plane crash

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

Braskem enters talks with feds to resolve FCPA allegations

Brazil petrochemical giant Braskem SA said Monday it has started discussions with the DOJ and SEC that could “lead to formal settlement negotiations and the resolution” of allegations that it paid bribes in exchange for supply contracts from state oil company Petrobras. 

Braskem said it also “intends to start simultaneous discussions in Brazil with the same purpose.”

Petrobras and Brazil construction firm Odebrecht SA together control about 97 percent of Braskem’s voting stock and about 74 percent of its share capital.… Continue Reading

Brazil charges Lula as Petrobras graft ‘boss’

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was charged Wednesday with spearheading a corruption and kickback scheme tied to Petrobras contracts.

Brazilian prosecutors charged Lula with corruption and money laundering for his alleged role as the “boss” of the multi-billion kickback scheme.… Continue Reading

Brazil president removed from office

Brazil’s Senate voted Wednesday to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. The vote was 61 to 20, well clear of the two-thirds needed to pass the impeachment motion.

The Senate had suspended Rousseff in May after voting to hold an impeachment trial.… Continue Reading

Petrobras wreckage: Marcelo Odebrecht sentenced to 19 years in prison

Brazil construction tycoon Marcelo Odebrecht was sentenced to 19 years in prison Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation into corruption at state-owned energy giant Petrobras. 

A report by Petro Global News said a federal court sentenced Odebrecht to 19 years in prison on charges of money laundering, corruption and taking part in a criminal association. 

Odebrecht, 47, paid more than $30 million in bribes to Petrobras officials in an effort to win contracts, the report said.       

He was arrested in June following allegations that his firm, Odebrecht SA, had participated in a bribery scheme tied to Petrobras contracts.… Continue Reading