Corruption in Super Tucano jet purchase according to WSJ
United States and Brazilian authorities are investigating the sale of airplanes by Embraer SA, through bribes allegedly made to high-ranking military officers in the Dominican Republic and Argentina. Investigations into the purchase by the Dominican state of eight Super Tucano aircraft for US$92 million during the President Leonel Fernandez government have revealed that the Brazilian company could have incurred in bribery in order to push through the sale.
According to revelations in The Wall Street Journal and documents reviewed by the US Department of Justice, the prosecutors have found evidence that Embraer executives approved a US$3.5 million bribe for a high-ranking Dominican military officer. Colonel Carlos Piccini, who is now retired, was the Armed Forces projects director in 2008 after being expelled from the military for 10 years.
According to the newspaper, the investigations found that part of the US$3.4 million was given to an unnamed Dominican senator. The payment was supposedly made through a phantom company in Uruguay, according to the investigators.
Source: DR1, Online. wsj.com
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