Eike Batista, who once was Brazil’s richest man, was arrested after returning from New York (emphasis added),
The entrepreneur, who for a brief period was Brazil´s richest man, is accused of paying $16.5 million in bribes to the former governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Sérgio Cabral, according to a police spokesman. The alleged payments were made from 2007 to 2014, while Mr. Cabral was in office, according to police officials.
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Mr. Batista and his lawyer, Fernando Martins, said the businessman left Brazil for business reasons Tuesday night, two days after police sought to arrest him, and didn’t know an arrest warrant was about to be issued.
Batista is in deep trouble; in addition to the above mentioned bribery charges,
Brazilian prosecutors said in September that Mr. Batista paid bribes of $2.35 million to the presidential campaign of former President Dilma Rousseff in 2010. The prosecutors, who are leading Brazil’s so-called Operation Car Wash investigation centered on embezzlement at state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, said Mr. Batista came forward in June to offer them the information.
Prosecutors filed no charges against Mr. Batista at the time and said they were investigating the alleged payment.
Mr. Batista also was indicted for financial crimes related to the failure of OGX, the oil company he created, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013.
O Globo (link in Portuguese) reports that Batista negotiated with federal authorities the terms for his return, since they regarded him as a fugitive. However, according to O Globo, the authorities did not make a formal request to the U.S. for Batista’s arrest.
Sometime between his departure and return to and from NYC, Batista shaved his head, which has caused quite a buzz in Brazil,