PF meets warrants against suspected cartel construction

The operation is in conjunction with the MPF and the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade).
30/06/2016 09h57 - Updated 30/06/2016 09h57
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The Federal Police unleashed Operation Thursday (30), in conjunction with the Federal Public Ministry and the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade), against suspected engineering companies involved in the cartel to rig bids for construction of North-South railway (FNS) and and East-West Integration (Fiol), reported Cade.

The action is an offshoot of Operation Lava Jato, investigating a billionaire scheme involving corruption, mainly, a Petrobras, contractors, political parties and.

operation called Periodic Table, the action of the authorities on Thursday triggered investigates tenders held by state Valec Engineering, Construction and Railroads, under the Ministry of Transport, who had been the target of an investigation this year on suspicion of corruption and money laundering, also with the participation of contractors.

According to Cade, the operation is based on a new leniency agreement signed by the entity with the construction company Camargo Corrêa within the Lava Jato.

Between the 37 suspected engineering companies involved in the cartel are the country's largest, as Odebrecht, Andrade Gutierrez e OAS, all also involved in the corruption scandal at Petrobras.

“The Cade investigations, MPF-GO and Federal Police showed strong evidence of cartel agreements consistent for bids division between competitors, with fastening related advantages, to thwart the competitive nature of some bids Valec designed to work in parts of North-South and East-West Railways”, Cade said in a statement.

“These malpractices, if proven, They tend to point out that several rail projects in Brazil were hampered or performed at higher prices, to the detriment of rail users and the public coffers”.

According to investigations, the cartel may have started in the year 2000 and lasted until 2010.

Between the 37 companies suspected, 16 They were identified in the leniency agreement with Camargo Corrêa as “effective participants”, while other 21 would “potential participants”.

Near 200 federal police officers participate in the action of this farm to fulfill 58 warrants, and 14 coercively driving, in Rio de Janeiro states, Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Ceará, Paraná, Bahia, Holy Spirit and Goiás, and the Federal District.

Contractors Odebrecht, Andrade Gutierrez, OAS and Camargo Correa did not respond immediately to requests for comment on the operation.

Topics: Cade, Operation Lava Jato

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