A former executive of Brazil’s state-run oil company says she spoke with Petrobras’ current CEO years ago about anomalies that have unfolded in an investigation of a broad kickback scheme. That contradicts the company’s version of events.
Venina Velosa da Fonseca is the company’s former manager of downstream operations. She says she met with Maria das Gracas Foster in 2008 to discuss inflated contracts and payments for services that were not carried out. Foster led the energy and gas division then and is now Petrobras’ CEO.
Fonseca spoke to TV network Globo in an interview aired Sunday night.
Petrobras has said Foster didn’t learn about those practices until last month.
Fonseca has given her computer to prosecutors probing the scandal.