Police arrest 2 executives for alleged bribery scheme at Brazil's nuclear power company

EnergyAssociated Press

Brazilian police have arrested two executives for their alleged role in a bribery scheme involving the construction of a nuclear power plant.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office says in a statement that police on Tuesday detained Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva. He is, president of Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of Brazil's electric utilities company, Eletrobras.

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Police also arrested Flavio David Barra, the top energy executive at construction firm Andrade Gutierrez.

Prosecutors say Silva received 4.5 million reals ($1.3 million) in bribes from Andrade Gutierrez and other construction companies.

The arrests came as police and prosecutors are trying to determine whether a kickback scheme engulfing state-run oil company Petrobras extends to other state-run owned firms.