Author: CorruptionDotNet

Brazil: Meat-packing giant JBS to pay record $3.2bn corruption fine.

1June 2017 J&F Investimentos, the controlling shareholder of the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS, has agreed to pay a fine of $3.2bn for its involvement in one of Brazil’s biggest corruption scandals. Starting in December, they payment will be made over 25 years. The fine is higher than the $2.6bn paid by Brazilian building firm Odebrecht. Most of the fine J&F will pay will be divided among Brazil’s development bank BNDES, FGTS workers’ severance fund, two pension funds for employees of state-controlled companies and lender Caixa Econômica. Batista brothers testified that they spent $186 million in bribes for nearly 1,900...

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India: Coal Scam

24 May 2017 Former coal secretary H C Gupta and IAS officers, K S Kropha and K C Samria were sentenced to two years in jail and a fine of $1,500 for dishonest misrepresentation of the non-compliance to the then prime minister Manmohan Singh. The three officials knew well that the guidelines for allocation had not been followed. Why did they deliberately mislead the Prime Minister, who was also coal minister at that time? The answer can be found in the sentence given to Kamal Sponge Steel & Power Ltd and its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia. The courts...

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Brazil: President refuses to step down

19 May 2017 Calls for President Michel Temer to stepdown escalated after a report by Globo, the country’s most powerful media group, of a secret recording in which the president endorsed bribes paid to silence Eduardo Cunha who is now in prison. Cunha was formerly speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, who wielded considerable sway over Brazilian politics. He was one of Temer’s top allies. He staged the ouster of Ms. Rousseff, Temer’s predecessor. The recording was made by Joesley Batista, the head of the JBS food processing company. He delivered the recording to the prosecutors as part...

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Malaysia: Immigration officer caught in $6 million graft case.

12 May 2017 Anti-graft officers on Monday arrested an immigration officer for taking bribes amounting to $6 million for granting work permits to 18,000 skilled and professional foreign workers. They also seized $570,000 in cash and luxury items from him. He collected RM 1,500 (US$ 345) per work pass. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has also sought remand orders from a court to detain two contractors, who are believed to be linked to the case. These two has acted as proxy for the immigration officer, and held some of the luxury assets. Total of five have been detained in...

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South Africa: Fast bowler charged with corruption

25 April 2017 Former fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been charged by CSA or several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code relating to the T20 Challenge Series. Tsotsobe has been under investigation since 2015. But he was not suspended until now. CSA has now provisionally suspended Tsotsobe from playing, coaching or otherwise being involved in any capacity in any match under its jurisdiction. CSA stands for Cricket South Africa. He became the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler in the world in March 2012 and held the position until September that year. Local media reported that Thami Tsolekile, Gulam Bodi` Pumi...

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