Source: Bahia Notícias
In an April report to the federal antitrust regulator CADE, former Siemens executor Everton Rheinheimer stated that he had in his power “documents which prove the existence of a powerful corruption scheme in the state of Sao Paulo during the Covas, Alckmin and Serra governorships.”
According to Rheinheimer, the principal purpose of this scheme was to feed the secret coffers of the PSDB and DEM political parties. The ex-executive charges that the current chief of staff for the Alckmin administration, a federal legislator on leave to assume the federal office, was pointed to by lobbyist Arthur Teixeira as the recipient of bribes from multinationals suspected of forming a cartel in the Sao Paulo rail and subway systems between 1998 and 2008. Rheinheimer also mentions federal deputy Arnaldo Jardim (PPS-SP), an ally of the PSDB governor, as another beneficiary. The official document refers to supposed bribes paid to politicians with ties to the PSDB, with the involvement of former executives at such state-owned companies as Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM), the commuter rail service. The accusations were submitted to CADE and the Federal Police and annexed to the federal inquiry into the cartel formation case.
In the document, Rheinheimer writes that this “is an enormous corruption scandal because it involves key corporations in the rail transport sector such as Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Caterpillar, as well as the state governments of Sao Paulo and the Federal District. Another four politicians are cited by the ex-exec as “having ties to Procint,” the lobbying firm of Arthur Teixeira suspected of intermediating bribes to public agents: Senator Aloysio Nunes (PSDB-SP) and the state cabinet secretaries of energy (José Aníbal), metro transportation (Jurandir Fernandes) and economic development (Rodrigo Garcia)
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