Source: CartaCapital (December 11, 2014)
A document delivered on April 17, 2014 to the Brazilian capital markets authority, CADE, an autonomous agency with ties to the Minister of Justice, indicates that an ex-director of Siemens, Everton Rheinheimer, said he was in possession of “documents that prove the existence of a powerful corruption scheme in the state of São Paulo during the governorships of (Mário) Covas, (Geraldo) Alckmin e (José) Serra, and that the principal purpose of this scheme was to fuel the slush funds of the PSDB and DEM political parties.”
As reported by the Estado de S. Paulo, the German executive also says that the current chief of staff to Governor Alckmin, … Edson Aparecido (PSDB), was accused by the lobbyist Arthur Teixeira as having received a bribe from the multinationals suspected of participating in the commuter rail cartel that operated in São Paulo from 1998 to 2008.
The German former executive, one of six defendants to sign a plea bargain with CADE in which the Siemens executives will reveal the activities of the cartel, identifies Arnaldo Jardim (PPS-SP), an ally of the PSDB, as another beneficiary of the scheme.
The report delivered to CADE in April is the first official document to come to light that alleges the bribery of politicians with ties to the PSDB state government.
Before this, the federal state’s attorney and police merely voiced their suspicions of corruption involving former executives of state-owned firms, such as the commuter rail service Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM).
In the document, Rheinheimer describes the cartel as “a corruption scheme of mammoth proportions, involving multinationals in the railway sector such as Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Caterpillar and the governments of São Paulo and the Federal District.”
The text also mentions Senator Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (PSDB-SP) and state secretaries José Aníbal (Energy), Jurandir Fernandes (Metro Transportation) and Rodrigo Garcia (Economic Development).
The four politicians are cited by the ex-Siemens director as “involved with Procint,” a consulting firm represented by lobbyist Arthur Teixeira and suspected of acting as go-between in bribe payments to public employees, according to the MP and PF.
When the report emerged from the Agência Estado in November, Nunes denied the charge … and authorities moved to indict.
The PF indicted the engineer Arthur Gomes Teixeira, controlling shareholder of Procint Projetos e Consultoria Internacional, is accused of operating as a lobbyist for the commuter rail cartel — an organization that infiltrated the commuter rail systems of three PSDB governships between 1998 and 2008.
Another story for another time.
Rheinheimer also points to Federal District (DF) vice-governor Tadeu Filippelli (PMDB) and former governor of the DF José Roberto Arruda as “politicians involved with MGE Transportes (Caterpillar).” MGE is accused by federal authorities as yet another pipeline for bribery, infiltrating the organization through subcontracts as a supplier to Siemens and other cartel participants.
Lastly, Rheinheimer says he is, indeed, the author of the anonymous letter that triggered the investigation of the cartel of the trains. He says he is willing to tell all he knows, but suggests that, in turn, he be nominated to a senior position at the mining company Vale.
The accusatory letter was sent to CADE and the Federal Police and annexed to the investigation of the São Paulo and DF commuter rail cartels.
Rheinheimer is a former director of Transport at Siemens, where he worked for 22 years, until March 2007. He testified to the Policia Federal under the terms of a plea bargain – in exchange for leniency in sentencing or possibly a judicial pardon.
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