Another major corruption scheme similar to the one perpetrated by Odebrecht was uncovered in Peru.
According to El Comercio, OAS, a Brazilian construction construction conglomerate, illegally funneled millions of dollars to the former mayor of Lima, Susana Villaran, through a department within the company whose specific purpose was to bribe officials.
In 2013 and 2014, OAS gave $7 million to Villaran’s campaigns. Company executives told Brazilian prosecutors that OAS made the payments in order to increase their contract for toll concessions from a mass transit project from 30 years to 40 years.
OAS used a special department known as “controladoria” to illegally funnel money to government officials, which came from a separate account outside of the company’s official organizational chart
Odebrecht, the other Brazilian construction conglomerate behind an international bribery scandal, used a similar method of off-books accounting to bribe government officials in more than a dozen countries in Latin American, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Prosecutors requested a three year preventative detention for the former mayor and several others for their role in the bribery scandal.