More data emerges from bribes paid by an American multinational company in Argentina

More data emerges from bribes paid by an American multinational company in Argentina

This is the stereotype that left the country in 2020; The maneuvers are shown in classified documents by the North American SEC; The bribe was called “Alfajors” in the code.

North American Multinational Stericycle Truck
North American Multinational Stericycle Truck

Multinational Stereo cycleCollection and treatment of sanitary waste, Admitted USA Who paid a bribe in Argentina. But first he made two decisions: he fired the executives and quietly packed his bags in 2020 and left the country. Now, if any forensic investigator searches for a firm in Buenos Aires, he will find his name on an old poster and so on. But three executives may know Who collected bribesAs a reconstruction ᲔᲠᲘ.

Documents that are classified Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) The United States provides little information on criminal activity in Argentina. They can hardly describe what happened In 2012 and 2016Who used the word “alfajors” to denote a bribe and who Focused on provincial districts. But the names were not named.

However, these documents give some clues. The first identifies a local Stericycle company as part of a criminal conspiracy: Ecological Habitat SA. The second is about illegal payments in the “provinces”, in the plural. And hints “State Controlled Hospitals and Medical Institutions”. Third, that one of the payers – whom they identify as “Executive 1” – was an Argentine executive whose responsibilities included Clinical Department Local firm.

The reference to the “provinces” does not help much. Stericycle operations in Argentina – such as Habitat Ecológico and other related companies such as Medam BA SA and SOMA SA– Included multiple jurisdictions. Among the ducks, The provinces of Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Cordoba, Chaco, Entre Rოსიos, Formosa, Salta and Santa Fe, and the city of Buenos Aires.

Documents in the United States also show that “Executive 1” was not the only one involved. They still refer in large numbers to the “employees and agents” who conspired with each other. A full bribe that led to the acquisition and maintenance of contracts that brought in at least $ 4.4 million in profits. According to The Wall Street Journal, Stericycle, a holding company with 15,000 employees, provides $ 2.65 billion annually.

The Argentine, identified as “Executive 1”, was coordinating these illegal payments with two bosses, both Mexican: one based Miami And in the second Federal District of Mexico, Who were identified as “Executive 1 for Latin America” ​​and “Executive 2 for Latin America”. Both, according to evidence gathered in the United States, also supervised and empowered Bribery in Mexico and Brazil.

The names of these Latin American executives remain in the shadows, though they may be Luis Miguel Barbero and Abraham are cigarsWho studied and worked in Mexico, responsibly carried stereotypes throughout the region for the years before their departure. ᲔᲠᲘ Tried to contact them but they did not answer any questions.

Another fact: According to official documents from the Department of Justice and the SEC, the management of the Argentine subsidiary Stericycle has calculated and Allowed bribes, “which were usually paid in cash.” What was the process like? An employee of the firm increased the amount of the bribe – “usually the percentage of the contract amount” – management approved this calculation and payment, and the employee withdrew the money from the firm’s office in Buenos Aires. For delivery to a corrupt official.

SEC Example: In June 2012, a firm was awarded a contract to dispose of sanitary waste in the province, The bribe was set at 15% of the contractThe management of the “stereotype” approved the amount “and the cash was handed over to the official in several different places”.

Example of the Department of Justice: In September of the same year, two employees crossed the firm’s sales area Letters On a bribe to be given to an official 10% of the agreed contract amount to $ 213,000 (approximately $ 45,610 at the time) Provincial Ministry of Health For the collection of sanitary waste. The percentage, it should be clarified, is “tax reduction”. Bribe paid 10% on September 28, or $ 21,300 –About $ 4,560– cash.

Third example: the same or other employees crossed the sales area Letters For expected payments to the Provincial Ministry of Health on May 30, 2013 Expect the Alfajors Last time – i.e. for payment – and they specified that they were waiting for their delivery on the 17th-18th of that month.

Fourth example, with other details: In September 2013, the same or other sales staff exchanged an email in exchange for a recent bribe that occurred on August 30 of the same year. The total amount was $ 257,730 – about $ 45,000 at the then exchange rate – and Taxes were reduced, Coimero took over 15% of the Alfajors..

In the last week, ᲔᲠᲘ Tried to connect with a stereo United States parent company. As well as his only two subsidiaries he maintains in Latin America Brazil and Puerto Rico– Like everyone in their offices Europe And his subsidiary company Spain. Three days after the first consultation, the multinational only a Mail A copy of the same press release he published on his official website. But he repeatedly did not answer the questions asked by this media.

Argentina Holding Company Formerly Owned by Stericycle Named “Waste Treatment Center”, Under the name of Habitat Ecológico BA, SOMA SA and Medam BA SA, firms that share telephone lines. Today, Gustavo Solar He heads this group. “I bought it in July 2020, but it seems that during the sale they forgot to mention all this. They were very Macanus “Told the businessman ᲔᲠᲘ. “They said something about Brazil, nothing more. “But what happened in Argentina is nothing,” he said.

Separately, who bought the factory from Marco Paz multinational company, Federico FardiginiA similar thing was reported. “Multinational decided to leave in 2020 and I bought the factory without knowing anything about what had happened before. “In the process of ‘proper vigilance’, nothing came out and nothing was said.”– Said the businessman.

Fardigini, who introduced himself as a “small or medium-sized local entrepreneur”, has now renamed the plant “SGA Environmental”, but Deal with a stereotype reputation. “Customers and sellers call me and ask me what happened and I have no idea! “It’s as if you bought a house and later learned something that happened to previous owners years ago,” he said.

Anyone who knows what happened is silent in the meantime. Among them are those responsible for stereotypes around the world. They advertise this on their website The process of “transforming” its board of directors began in 2017, when an investigation into corruption was launched.. The following year new executives arrived, such as Cindy Miller.

However, nothing has been observed in this regard in Argentina since 2017. Company records show that Habitat Ecológico was in charge of operations in Argentina during the years under review. Claudio Armando VesuriAs President; Roberto Eduardo SambuchetAs treasurer and Gonzalo Mariano AnasAs General Manager. ᲔᲠᲘ He spent a week trying to contact them by phone, LinkedIn and email, but they did not answer questions.

Source: La Nacion