Martinelli brothers, would have facilitated bribery payments through banks in the US.

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By Maria T. Morales

Houston, Texas. The Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares brothers, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, arrested earlier this week in Guatemala, will face charges in a criminal lawsuit filed in federal court in the city of Brooklyn, New York.

According to the official report of the United States Department of Justice, both are indicted "for their roles in a massive bribery and money laundering scheme involving Odebrecht".

For that end, the alleged implicated would have used banks in the american union, some of these located in New York, according to demand.

The report indicates that Odebrecht's scheme involved the payment of more than $700 millions in bribes to government officials, public servers, politicians, in Panama and other countries in the world.

Late 2016, said organization pleaded guilty to facing a criminal charge of conspiracy and violating the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for their participation in the bribery and money laundering scheme.

This plot was used to maintain and retain business for the company, and it is presumed that the two defendants, participated individually, in said scheme indicates the report.

Federal authorities detail that, In Panama, the accused served as "intermediaries, for approximately $28 million in bribe payments made, by order of Odebrecht to a, so, high-ranking government official ”.

For it, according to demand, between approximately August 2009 and january of 2014, opened and managed secret bank accounts, held on behalf of shell companies and, in foreign jurisdictions.

These secret bank accounts were used to receive, transfer and deliver bribe payments, details the report.

The lawsuit indicates that the detainees, "Served as signatories" to certain bank accounts of the shell company, and they sent personally, transfers through the structure of said ghost company accounts in order to hide and spend the bribery proceeds.


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