Reports: Seized spreadsheets list top Brazil politicians

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jumada II 15, 1437, March 24, 2016, SPA — In another stunning turn in the snowballing corruption investigation that is shaking Brazil, top newspapers on Wednesday released scans of dozens of spreadsheets seized by police listing a company’s payments to about 200 politicians, including code names and monetary values, according to AP.

The newspapers O Estado de S. Paulo, O Globo and Folha de S. Paulo said the documents were discovered during the search last month of the Rio de Janeiro home of an executive at the Odebrecht construction giant, one of the companies embroiled in the “Car Wash” probe of an alleged kickback scheme at the state-run Petrobras oil company.

The papers cautioned that it was not immediately clear whether the spreadsheets were tracking legitimate campaign donations or illicit payouts. But the sheer scope of the document dump, which lists Cabinet ministers, legislators, governors and mayors from around 18 parties, was sure to raise a slew of questions and further ratchet up the pressure on Brazil’s much disdained political class.

The documents were removed from the home of Benedicto Barbosa da Silva Junior, president of Odebrecht Infrastructure, during a February police search and have been catalogued as evidence in the investigation headed by federal Judge Sergio Moro in the southern city of Curitiba.

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01:56 LOCAL TIME 22:56 GMT