Brazil's JBS denies wrong-doing in corruption case

by Editor
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

After investigation on corruption, JBS now denied any involvement in bribery of public officials, acccording to media reports.

Other companies like MeatpackersĀ are being investigated over suspected bribery, racketeering, corruption, fraud and collusion, the federal prosecutor's office said.

JBS officials denied the company is involved in crimes associated with the Brazilian government's probe. JBS said it cooperated with the police, who collected documents including audit reports and copies of plant operations licenses. The company said no electronic data storage devices, computer or any other kind of equipment was seized due to a lack of evidence that any crime was committed.

Public prosecutor Reginaldo Trindade, who is leading the investigation, said companies under investigation had paid inspectors and public servants to approve projects and clear products such as meats for consumption. He added that JBS's operations in Porto Velho in the Amazon state of Rondonia was under investigation for arranging for inspectors turn a blind eye to their allegedly adding water to meats to boost weights.