QUITO, Ecuador – Police in Ecuador detained five people including a relative of the country's vice president in connection to a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.
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Ecuador's chief prosecutor said Friday that 18 properties in three cities were also raided including one belonging to Ecuador's comptroller general and other unidentified top officials. A check for almost $1 million, luxury cars and jewelry were seized.
Odebrecht last year admitted to paying bribes to politicians across Latin America in exchange for big-ticket contracts including more than $33 million to officials Ecuador.
Vice President Jorge Glas said Friday he supports the probe while his boss leftist President Lenin Moreno said that acts of corruption won't go unpunished.