A former Rio de Janeiro state official helped create a kickback scheme during the contracting of 2014 World Cup infrastructure projects, according to information obtained through a leniency agreement between Lava Jato probe investigators and local engineering group Construtora Odebrecht.

The alleged scheme, said to have involved charging a fee equivalent to 5% of the value of construction projects, was run between then governor Sérgio Cabral and Benedicto Barbosa da Silva Júnior, then president of Odebrecht unit Odebrecht Infraestrutura, local paper Folha de São Paulo reported.

Among the projects affected were metro line No. 4 for which Cabral allegedly received 2.5mn reais (US$744,000) and the 1.5bn-real remodeling of the Maracanã soccer stadium (pictured) which, although no figure was provided in the report, could have amounted to 60mn reais, the paper said.

Silva Júnior is also being investigated as part of the Lavo Jato probe, launched to look into allegations of corruption between state-run oil company Petrobras, contractors and public officials.


Sérgio Cabral (CREDIT: AFP).


Source: BNamericas