Odebrecht called on the millionaire transfers allegedly made former Comptroller General Carlos Pólit ‘the gigolino operation,’ so that it would shield him from any accusation in the contracts signed by the company in the country. The first part of that operation was completed on May 27, 2014. A report from the Panama Attorney’s Office reveals that on that day, Klienfeld, one of Odebrecht’s largest offshore companies, transferred $ 700,000 to Plastiquim, based in Guayaquil.
The suspicion of the Ecuadorian investigators originated in the declaration of the former director of Odebrecht in Ecuador José Conceição Santos. He confessed that they paid $ 10,1 million to Polit. The alleged payment was in cash ($ 8.4 million) and transfers ($ 1.7 million).
The Brazilian said that part of the transfers was delivered to Plastiquim and another to the Cosani real estate company. He added that both companies worked in a triangular cooperation to pay the money to Pólit. To prove it, Santos recorded the meeting in secret; in that dialogue mentioned the transfers made to these companies.
Odebrecht executives used three offshore companies to pay the bribes to public officials. One of them was Klienfeld. This offshore was created in Antigua, another Caribbean tax haven. It was one of Odebrecht’s largest offshore companies. The company had three accounts in the private bank of Andorra, in Antigua Overseas Bank and the Meinl Bank. (I)