Brazil police arrest former Petrobras CEO in graft probe

By The Associated Press

Brazilian police have arrested a former CEO of state oil company Petrobras on suspicion of receiving bribes from a construction company involved in a sprawling corruption scandal.

In this April 8, 2009, file photo, Aldemir Bendine, president of Banco do Brasil speaks during a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazilian police have arrested Bendine, Thursday, July 27 2017, on suspicion of receiving bribes from a construction company involved in a sprawling corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police have arrested a former CEO of state oil company Petrobras on suspicion of receiving bribes from a construction company involved in a sprawling corruption scandal.

The prosecutor-general's office says in a statement that Aldemir Bendine was taken into custody Thursday.

Bendine served as Petrobras' chief executive from 2015 to 2016 and before that was CEO at state-run bank Banco do Brazil from 2009 to 1015.

His lawyer's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Construction conglomerate Odebrecht is at the center of a massive kickback scheme that prosecutors say inflated contracts at Petrobras and other state companies.

The probe has ensnared dozens of other executives and politicians.

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