For six years, the Brazilian company Odebrecht paid $ 11.3 million to 76 Ecuadorian advisers to defend its interests. Of that amount, $ 9.6 million was given to 18 people, who received amounts over $ 100,000 for their experience and privileged information after working in public agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service.
The work of these 76 natural and legal persons was to provide advice to resolve the legal and tax conflicts Odebrecht maintained in Ecuador. The first on the list was Pareja y Abogados Asociados-Paresoci. The legal firm received $ 1.9 million in the periods 2010-2013 and 2015-2016. One of the law partners was Carlos Pareja Cordero (‘Capaco’), currently a fugitive from justice and investigated for the alleged money laundering offense in the Petroecuador case.
Attorney Mayte Benítez Chiriboga is also on the list given by Sandinoel, of Freitas Junior, an attorney in fact of Odebrecht in Ecuador. The company would have paid her about $ 1.5 million for her services provided between 2012 and 2015. In this case, the singular thing is that Benítez, before being recruited professionally by Odebrecht, was National Legal Director of the IRS, from January 2010 to May 2011. (I)