Former PetroPeru Vice-President Miguel Atala confessed to the Peruvian Prosecutor's Office that he had acted as frontman for
, IDL-Reporteros informed Tuesday.
Likewise, Atala affirmed he had delivered the money in cash to Garcia in installments worth between US$20,000 and US$30,000, between 2010 and 2018.
The former official had accepted after Nava reassured him that the money was legal and that it would come from businesses unrelated to the Peruvian State.
Afterwards, ex-Odebrecht representative in Peru Jorge Barata had visited and confirmed him there was an account in Banca Privada D'Andorra.
In 2008, Atala had been part of a Peruvian business delegation that traveled to Sao Paulo. The event coincided with the ex-Head of State's official trip to the same Brazilian metropolis.
Furthermore, he indicated that the ex-Head of State —in the second half of 2010— had called and asked him to go to Government Palace.
"Garcia informed me that the money I had in the Ammarin Investment INC's offshore account was his money, and requested me to progressively deliver that money," Atala said.
On the other hand, IDL-Reporteros informed Atala has expressed fear for himself and his family, since he is aware that there is a radical group within APRA —Garcia
's political party— known was "shock force" that could hurt him.
As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid millions in bribes to government officials in Peru, in order to secure public-works contracts.
As a result, Odebrecht
benefited from over US$143 million between 2005 and 2014 in Peru, according to the U.S. Justice Department.