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    Investigation reveals transfer of US$9.2 million in kickbacks from Odebrecht in Mexico

    There were 25 payments to seven employees, whose identities were not disclosed, during the six-year terms of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón

    EFEOdebrecht made 25 illegal payments to employees in Mexico

    An international investigation revealed this Wednesday, 27, that the Odebrecht paid US$9.2 million in bribes in the Mexico from 2006 to 2011. There were 25 payments to seven employees, whose identities were not disclosed, during the six-year terms of Vicente Fox (2006-2012) and Felipe Calderón (2012-2018). The information was obtained by the Mexican organization Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) and Quinto Elemento Lab. Odebrecht”, which distributed the tuition fees in Latin America and Africa, according to the entities.

    The new documents show that Odebrecht’s illicit payments began in Mexico in 2006 “in favor of people involved in the construction of a hydraulic project in Michoacán,” known as the Francisco J. Múgica dam, according to MCCI. The amount is added to the US$ 10.5 million that Emilio Lozoya, former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), allegedly received during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018). The investigation comes amidst the controversy caused by the delay in the case. The opposition accuses the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of using the Lozoya case to “revenge” its political enemies of the PAN and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
    Brazilian prosecutors sent the documents, which contain more than 250 pages of information, following a request from prosecutors in Peru, where new lines of investigation were opened, according to Quinto Elemento Lab.

    *With information from EFE

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