Former Maine bank boss Peter Weinsierl was arrested in Great Britain on Tuesday in connection with a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. This was reported by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which accused Weinstein of bribery and money laundering.
Weinstein and Austrian Alexander Waltstein, accused of bribing officials with hundreds of millions of dollars through so-called reptile funds, have been accused of embezzling Odebrecht and other black money from 2006 to 2016. Weinsier was the Managing Director of the Bank of Maine, which was later renamed Anglo-Austrian AAP Bank.
A Brooklyn (New York) lawyer said Weinzier was arrested in Great Britain at the request of the United States, while Waltstein, an employee of the bank, was also present. Weinstein and Waltstein were also board members at a bank affiliated with Maine Bank in Antigua, the public prosecutor’s office said. Both prosecutors and the bank were initially unavailable.
According to the prosecutor, the accused and their accomplices allegedly used fraudulent transactions and fraudulent contracts to transfer more than $ 170 million from New York bank accounts to foreign accounts kept secret by their bank.
The money is said to have flowed to government officials in Brazil, Mexico and Panama, and Odebrecht is reported to have cut profits, taxing the Brazilian government more than $ 100 million.
In December 2016, Odebrecht and its parent company, Brazil’s largest petrochemical company Broschem S.A. Agreed to pay a bribe and agreed to pay $ 3.5 billion to US and Brazilian regulators. Odebrecht was launched last November by Novanor S.A.
The case is pending in the Eastern District of New York District Court. The file number is 20-cr-00383.