(BROOKLYN, NYC.) Justice Dept Court Report: An Austrian man was arrested in the U.K on criminal charges related to his alleged participation in a conspiracy to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system as part of a scheme to pay bribes around the world and defraud the Brazilian government #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.Weinzierl served as chief executive officer and Waldstein as officer of an Austrian bank, and both served as board members of an Antiguan bank. According to the indictment, between approximately 2006 and 2016, Weinzierl and Waldstein conspired with Odebrecht and others to launder money in a scheme to defraud Brazil’s tax authority of more than $100 million in taxes and to create off-books slush funds used by Odebrecht to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes for the benefit of public officials around the world.

NEW YORK: Two Bank Executives Charged for Conspiring to Launder Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Through U.S. Financial System in Connection with Odebrecht Bribery and Fraud Scheme: The indictment unsealed was previously returned by a federal grand jury and charges Peter Weinzierl, 55, and Alexander Waldstein, 73, both of Austria, for their role in a massive money laundering scheme involving Odebrecht S.A. (Odebrecht), a Brazil-based global construction conglomerate. Weinzierl was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States. Waldstein remains at large.

The FBI’s International Corruption squad in New York is investigating this case.

According to the indictment, Weinzierl, Waldstein, and their co-conspirators used fraudulent transactions and sham agreements to move more than $170 million from bank accounts in New York held in the name of Odebrecht, through the Austrian bank, to offshore shell company bank accounts secretly controlled by Odebrecht. As part of the scheme, Odebrecht used the slush funds funneled to the offshore shell company bank accounts to pay bribes. Odebrecht falsely recorded the hundreds of millions of dollars in international wire transfers sent to the Austrian bank as legitimate business expenses and deducted the fraudulent payments from the overall profits that it reported in Brazil, thus reducing its tax liability and evading more than $100 million in taxes. Shell company bank accounts involved in the scheme and used to pay bribes to foreign officials were held at the Antiguan bank that Weinzierl, Waldstein, and their co-conspirators controlled and used to promote the scheme. Weinzierl and Waldstein also caused millions of dollars in criminal proceeds to be transferred from the Antiguan bank to a brokerage account located in the United States to purchase U.S. Treasury securities and corporate stocks and bonds on U.S. exchanges. In exchange for their role in the scheme, Weinzierl and Waldstein collected substantial fees for the benefit of the Austrian and Antiguan banks.

On Dec. 21, 2016, Odebrecht pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to a criminal information charging it with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for its involvement in the bribery and money laundering scheme.

Weinzierl and Waldstein are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of international promotional money laundering. Weinzierl is also charged with one count of engaging in a transaction in criminally derived property. If convicted of all counts, Weinzierl and Waldstein would face a maximum penalty of 70 and 60 years in prison, respectively. A federal district court judge in Brooklyn will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko for the Eastern District of New York; and Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office made the announcement.

Trial Attorney Michael Culhane Harper of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, Trial Attorney Michael B. Redmann of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Nestor of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are prosecuting the case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and UK authorities provided significant assistance.

The Fraud Section is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all FCPA matters. Additional information about the Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa.

The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative in the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section was formed to prosecute money launderers and forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption and, where appropriate, to use those recovered asset to benefit the people harmed by the corruption and abuse of office.  Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption located in or laundered through the United States should contact federal law enforcement or send an email to kleptocracy@usdoj.gov.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.27: 2021:

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` Activists and Protesters Clash with Police Demanding Housing not Stadiums '

#AceNewsServices – BRAZIL – May 16 – As the World Cup in Brazil draws closer the clashes between police and protesters intensify. Further outbreaks of this type are now steadily becoming an everyday occurrence, in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The country is in the grip of unrest with teachers, civil servants, police officers, bus drivers and the homeless furious at the cost of hosting the upcoming football World Cup.

Demonstrators are demanding housing not stadiums.

As recently reported this is giving the activists and protesters a bandwagon to climb onto in the vain hope that their demands maybe heard. Though as we all no so well, building housing costs the Brazilian government money, but putting on a show such as the ` World Cup ‘ will provide a money spinning way to not just fill the coffer’s but also provide officials with the type of kudos, that will not do their election chances any harm.

Ace News Report – Brazil – 16/05/14


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` World Cup Stadium Construction Halted by Workers Death Making him the Eighth to Die in Accidents in Name of Sport ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRAZIL – May 08 – An electrical accident during the rushed preparations for the tournament killed a worker in the Brazilian city of Cuiaba.

The 32 year-old man was the eighth victim to die in Brazil’s arenas about to host the World Cup.

According to a state government official, the man was working on the installation of a telecommunications network.

The international tournament will begin on June 12, but not all venues are yet ready to welcome the event, with the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba being one of the most delayed stadiums.

Daily Mail reported in December 2013 by FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that the stadium in Sao Paulo which is due to hold the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will not be ready until mid-April this may now be very close to the opening match date.

The stadium was the site where two workers were killed when a crane fell over last month and Blatter said there was “no plan B” if further problems were encountered.

Mid-April leaves little margin for error as the opening match is due to be held on June 12, less than two months after the revised completion date.

Daily Mail – Guardian – Independent


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` Brazilian Federal Prosecutor has Reqested the `Justice Department ' to Suspend the use of Glyphosate Herbicide '

#AceWorldNews – BRAZIL – March 29 – The Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor in the Federal District has requested the Justice Dept to suspend the use of glyphosate – the most widely used herbicide in Brazil. In addition, the prosecutor wants to challenge 2,4-D and the active ingredients methyl parathion, lactofem, phorate, carbofuran, abamectin, tiram and paraquat.

Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.

Two actions have been filed. “The first measure seeks to compel the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to re-evaluate the toxicity of eight active ingredients suspected of causing damage to human health and the environment. On another front, the agency questions the registration of pesticides containing 2,4-D herbicide, applied to combat broad-leaf weeds,” explains the prosecutor on his website.

The two actions request a preliminary injunction whereby the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) would suspend the registration of the products until a final conclusion about their toxicity is reached by ANVISA.

In the civil lawsuit contesting the registration of the herbicide 2,4-D, the prosecutor asks that the National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) is prohibited from releasing the commercialization of transgenic seeds resistant to these herbicides pending a final position by ANVISA.

Ace Related News : – https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1084784-jayasumana-glyphosate-study.html or Pdf – https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1084784

Courtesy of GMWatch

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` Brazil Wins Victory for Net Neutrality in Brazil but Companies Win Right to still Store Information '

#AceSecurityNews – BRAZIL – March 26 – Brazil has scored big for net neutrality after its lower house of Congress approved a ground-breaking post-Snowden bill that protects its users’ privacy rights, albeit with some sacrifices.

The measure did not go as smoothly as could have. To ensure success, President Dilma Rousseff had to let it through at the cost of allowing companies such as Google and Facebook to store user information outside Brazil’s servers.

The real truth is that as before all your GMail and Private Data is still stored on Servers outside these countries and as in the case of Google and Facebook free to be used albeit, they will say with restrictions says Ace News Services.

However, other provisions, which ensured that internet providers gave equal privileges to all web traffic, were left in place. This went ahead despite contrary pleas by big local phone carriers who wanted to continue charging users higher prices for separate content, such as video streaming or Skype-like services.RT

In return for allowing Google and Facebook the freedom not to be bound by Brazilian servers, where local user information was concerned, the bill gets to strengthen legal oversight and punishment for companies not respecting local laws when storing Brazilian user data internationally.

If any transgressions are detected, or data is not made available to law enforcement on request, a company would have to pay a fine equal to 10 percent of its annual earnings from the year before.


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#Brazil : ” Construction Workers at `World Cup Stadium` Threaten Strike under `Health & Safety after Three Deaths”

#AceWorldNews says Workers at a Brazilian world cup stadium, located in the northern city of Manaus, are threatening strike action after a third construction employee died at the site.

The workers are demanding better conditions. “We have to guarantee the workers’ rights and their safety,” union leader, Cicero Custodio, told local press after the death of a 55-year-old worker.

However, any strikes could suspend the Arena da Amazonia’s completion in a critical period. Brazil stated that all 12 World Cup venues would be completed by the end of last year, leaving enough time before June, when the first official round of matches begins.

#arena-da-amazonias, #brazilian, #construction, #stadium, #workers, #world-cup

#Brazil : ” Rio protests over`Public Transportation Price’ Erupt in Violence “

#AceWorldNews says Demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro’s primary train station turned ugly Thursday when Brazilians protesting against a ten cent fare hike violently clashed with police.
Activists threw stones and petrol bombs at police dressed in full riot gear as the chaos spilled from inside the station onto the surrounding street.

A cameraman for Band TV was hospitalized in serious condition after he was struck by either a stun grenade fired by police or an explosive thrown by demonstrators. Thousands of commuters were trapped inside when police shut down the transit system, and many became ill because of the tear gas.

Thais Jorao, 22, told The Washington Post that the outrage was about more than the fare increase. “If it was a public transportation fare hike when we had good health services and education, you would not have this many people on the street,” he said.

“On top of this you see spending with the world Cup, things that we really don’t need. We want health, education, decent public transportation.”

#activists, #brazilian, #education, #explosives, #health, #rio-de-janeiro, #washington-post, #world-cup

Rio de Janeiro: “Statue of Christ the Redeemer’s Middle Finger on Right Hand has Been Damaged by Bolt of Lightening”

#AceWorldNews says the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro has been damaged by a bolt of lightning. The middle finger on the right hand of the 38-meter-tall statue atop Corcovado Mountain was hit during a storm on Thursday night. Father Omar Raposo, of the Archdiocese of Rio which manages the iconic Brazilian statue, told local media that repairs will be carried out soon, reports AP on Saturday. The church has a supply of the same stone that was originally used to build the monument, erected in October 1931. In 2010, the statue underwent a $4 million restoration.

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