Alstom, GE Accused of Decade-Old Bribes by Ex-Petrobras Official

One of the highest-ranking former executives at Petrobras has told investigators that Alstom SA and General Electric Co. paid bribes to win contracts more than a decade ago, underscoring how Brazil’s biggest corruption scandal continues to expand.

Nestor Cervero, who headed the Brazilian state-controlled oil producer’s international division, told investigators that he received $700,000 in bribes from Alstom in an account in Switzerland in exchange for choosing the company to supply four turbines for power plant projects, according to a testimony released by the Supreme Court. He also testified to prosecutors he had second-hand information that GE also bribed an official to win turbine contracts, according to the court documents.

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