Notes on a scandal

In early 2018, Óscar Centeno, a driver for an ex-official in Argentina’s ministry of public planning, turned over a box of handwritten notebooks to newspaper La Nación. In doing so, he sparked Argentina’s largest ever investigation into graft.

Notes on a scandal Carlos Mena Labarthe, Fernando Almeida and Diego Parise

The notebooks list alleged corrupt payments made between 2003 and 2015 that could total upwards of US$30 billion. Details of what happened are still emerging, but plea bargaining entered into by a few key players has provided some key facts: a club of construction companies was assembled to bid for public contracts, whereby the companies agreed to pay a percentage of the contracts (between 15 and 20%) back to the government officials in bribes.

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