Prosecutors file charges against former head of Brazil's nuclear power company

Energy Associated Press

Brazil's federal prosecutor's office says it has filed formal corruption charges against the former head of Eletronuclear, the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants, for his suspected role in a bribery scandal.

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The prosecutor's office said in a statement released on Tuesday that it has charged Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva with money laundering and corruption for allegedly taking 4.5 million reals ($1.22 million) in bribes from construction companies for contracts involving the construction of the Angra 3 nuclear plant in Rio de Janeiro.

Prosecutors also charged 14 others in the case, including Flavio David Barra, an executive at construction firm Andrade Gutierrez and da Silva's daughter Ana Cristina Toniolo.

Da Silva, his daughter and Barra have denied any wrongdoing.

Calls to Eletronuclear for comment went unanswered.