Archive for April, 2015

How Brazil’s ‘Nine Horsemen’ Cracked a Bribery Scandal

April 6, 2015

Amid outrage over corruption allegations at Petrobras, prosecutors flip witnesses, make gains in wide-ranging probe

Thousands took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro in March to protest alleged corruption involving executives of state-controlled oil company Petrobras and politicians.Thousands took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro in March to protest alleged corruption involving executives of state-controlled oil company Petrobras and politicians.

CURITIBA, Brazil—Last summer, a haggard-looking former oil executive stared across a table at six stone-faced federal prosecutors in a cramped office in southern Brazil.

For weeks, he had promised to tell what he knew about a suspected money-laundering scheme but kept holding back, according to prosecutors. Then, he learned they were investigating his family, too, for potential evidence tampering.

Paulo Roberto Costa began to talk.
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