New Report Identifies Ecuadorian Vice President, Two Others as Heads of a “Criminal Scheme”

A new 12-page report by the Investigation Unit to Support the Prosecution presents new evidence in the Odebrecht corruption investigation in Ecuador.

The report describes Vice President Jorge Glas, former comptroller Carlos Pólit, and the Brazilian Jose Conceição Santos as the three heads of a criminal scheme of illicit association.

Jorge Glas served as Minister of Strategic Sectors from 2010 to 2012 under President Rafael Correa. Glas was tapped to be Correa’s running mate and has served as Vice President since 2013. On August 3, 2017, he was suspended from that office by President Lenin Moreno as a result of the corruption investigation.

Under Glas’ supervision between 2012 and 2016 five public works contracts were awarded to the Brazilian construction conglomerate, Odebrecht.

Ricardo Rivera, the Vice President’s uncle, allegedly asked for kickbacks on the five projects equaling 1 percent of the contract’s value. This information was already known, but this is the first time that it has been printed in an official report.

According to Santos’ testimony, Odebrecht allegedly paid more than $10 million for favorable reports from the Ecuadorian government. During his 10 years that Pólit was comptroller, no irregularities were reported related to public works projects won by Odebrecht.

In at least one project, Glas sent “trades” to the Ministry of Industries and Commerce of Brazil to request financing. On that particular project, the Development Bank of Brazil did project financing 72.57 percent of the cost of the project.

Since December 2016, prosecutors in Ecuador have opened eight cases related to the Odebrecht corruption scandal.

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