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Code names of crooked politicians


Jarrod Sierocki

Watch as a thief in Sao Paolo, Brazil steals a motorbike at gunpoint.

A woman watches a pronouncement by Brazil’s President Michel Temer about his possible involvement with the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Picture: Eraldo Peres/AP

THE politicians caught up in Brazil’s biggest ever corruption scandal are well known to the public. But their alter egos, like “Viagra” and “BMW,” less so.

Odebrecht, the massive engineering company that admits to systematic bribery of politicians, has revealed that code names were given to its long list of alleged bribe-takers.

The graft was so widespread that Odebrecht set up a whole department to handle payments. However, given the illegal nature of the business, they referred to politicians with an imaginative series of handles, published in full on Monday by the news site G1.

Some congressmen were given wholesome sounding labels, like “Cowboy” and “Fisherman.” Others got more fanciful treatment:

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/viagra-and-other-code-names-in-brazils-corruption-scandal/news-story/07373e9cae31296f00ffa2d01f2e0f87

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