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German building firm probes alleged bribes in Brazil

German construction firm probes alleged bribes to Brazil officials over orders in WCup cities

German building firm probes alleged bribes in Brazil

BERLIN (AP) -- German construction company Bilfinger SE says it is investigating allegations that employees at a unit in Brazil paid bribes to local officials in connection with orders to equip security control centers in cities hosting World Cup games.

Bilfinger said Sunday it launched a "comprehensive investigation" involving outside auditors and a law office after receiving internal information last year about suspected bribery payments to public officials and employees of state companies.

It said "suspicions have now been substantiated" but the investigation isn't yet complete, with questions remaining about who received the payments and the amount involved.

The allegations are linked to orders to supply monitor walls for security control centers in what the company called "several large municipalities." The company said the orders' value totaled some 6 million euros ($6.5 million).

Updated : 2021-07-26 10:22 GMT+08:00