Posted On 03 Jul 2017
Investigations now focus on the payments that the construction company of Norberto Odebrecht made to local companies since 2010, when the Brazilian company returned to the country. Staff from the Internal Revenue Service (SRI) is already analyzing the suppliers – large and small – that worked with the firm.
So far, the Office of the Prosecutor has found irregularities in the accounts of Equitransa and Diacelec, two companies that apparently facilitated the payment of bribes through possible surcharges on the services they provided to Odebrecht, according to the investigations.
The SRI tracks the contracts, invoices, and checks of these companies, but also of small and medium suppliers.
According to the investigations, one of the mechanisms used by the Brazilian construction company to channel illicit payments has been, precisely, through Ecuadorian companies that served as providers.
The reports indicate that in 2014 Odebrecht reported the highest turnover in favor of supplier: USD 423 million in total for 3 083 contractors. (I)