Category: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Three years after the scandal, a Swiss bank was still processing PDVSA bribes

An official from Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA allegedly received bribes through a Swiss bank up to 2018, more than three years after the first American indictments in the corruption scandal. The accounts in question, linked to businessman José Manuel González Testino, are the subject of two legal assistance requests from the United States. The Federal Supreme Court has just …

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United States follows Swiss trail of bribes paid to Peruvian ex-president

The United States Department of Justice has turned its attention to the financial dealings of Peru’s former president, Alejandro Toledo. Two Swiss banks and a law firm in Zug are allegedly involved with the operation of hidden accounts. Toledo has been pursued by the Peruvian authorities for corruption since 2016. Toledo is suspected in Peru of receiving 20 million …

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Swiss attorney general closes case linked to SBM Offshore bribes

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland is preparing to close a criminal investigation for money laundering and corruption connected to the Lava Jato scandal in Brazil. The proceedings, opened against unknown persons in May 2014, involved, amongst others, Pedro José Barusco Filho, former director of engineering at Petrobras, and bribes paid by the Dutch oil services group SMB Offshore. The …

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PDVSA: US investigates embezzlement of 4.5 billion dollars via Switzerland

In March 2018, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a request for legal assistance to Switzerland in connection with the PDVSA scandal. Stemming from that request, the Federal Supreme Court has revealed that the American investigation covers the misappropriation of more than 4.5 billion dollars “mainly through accounts opened in Switzerland”. In a decision made public on May 27, …

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