Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio asks DOJ to look into Odebrecht’s plea agreement

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio asked the Justice Department on Thursday to investigate whether embattled Brazilian engineering company Odebrecht S.A. has complied with terms of its record plea deal, reached with U.S. prosecutors, over its corrupt practices.

In a letter Thursday to Attorney General William Barr, Rubio cited an investigative series by the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and their parent, McClatchy, which detailed Odebrecht’s questionable activities in Cuba, Venezuela and elsewhere.

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Odebrecht admitted to a massive corruption scheme in December 2016 and agreed to pay at least $2.6 billion in a record corruption settlement with the Justice Department. The company was required to disclose information concerning its activities across the Americas and those of its subsidiary companies.

“Recent reports, however, call into question whether Odebrecht has been fully transparent with the Department of Justice about its corrupt activities in Latin America,” Rubio wrote.

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