Brazil's attorney general's office has filed a two-part 11bn-real (US$3bn) suit against companies and individuals found guilty in the country's largest ever corruption case.

The autonomous government agency known as the AGU presented two separate actions to Brazil's federal court on Monday, according to O Globo newspaper. 

Among the targets of the litigation are engineering firms Odebrecht,OASUTCCamargo Corrêa and Queiroz Galvão, in addition to former executives of state-run oil company Petrobras.

The suit is based on documents from competition regulator Cade and the federal audit court, or TCU.

AGU claims that it can prove the formation of a cartel based on information from Cade and evidence collected in criminal proceedings.

The accused are alleged to have used bribes and kickbacks to rig tenders for lucrative Petrobras contracts.

Of the 11bn reais being sought, 3bn reais relates to the alleged value of bribes and kickbacks paid by the cartel, corresponding to 17% of fraudulent contracts.

Another 8bn reais is for fines that can be applied to companies and individuals involved in irregularities, according to O Globo. The AGU has also requested that guilty companies be banned from government contracts and that individuals be suspended from political activity for 10 years.

The Lava Jato probe, as it is known, has ensnared scores of former Petrobras directors, engineering firm executives and politicians since being launched by the federal police in March 2014.

The scandal is blamed for tipping Brazil into its worst recession in decades and fomenting a political crisis that has led to impeachment proceedings against president Dilma Rousseff.


Source: BNamericas