RIO DE JANEIRO – The former treasurer of Brazil's governing Workers' Party has been sentenced to over 15 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras.
A federal judge says Joao Vaccari is guilty of taking at least $1 million in bribes, including money handed over in the form of campaign donations made by oil field services company Toyo Setal between 2008 and 2012.
Also sentenced Monday to over 20 years in prison was Petobras' former head of corporate services. Renato Duque. Judge Sergio Moro says Duque was responsible for funneling the cash to Vaccari.
Duque was found guilty of taking at least $9 million in bribes in exchange for helping construction and engineering firms win inflated contracts with Petrobras.
Both men can appeal their sentences.