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A Brazilian judge sentenced the former head of South America’s biggest construction company to 19 years in prison on Tuesday as a huge anti-corruption investigation claimed its highest-profile conviction.
Marcelo Odebrecht was found guilty of 11 charges of bribery and 40 counts of money laundering in relation to a system of kickbacks that his company allegedly paid to senior executives at the state-run oil conglomerate Petrobras.
In his ruling, the federal judge Sérgio Moro said there was robust evidence from phone and email exchanges that proved Odebrecht was the “mastermind” of the scheme, which was ultimately used to channel money to politicians for election campaigns.
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