The Americas

Campaign exec: Maduro used illegal cash for Chavez campaign

A former campaign operative has accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of paying her $11 million in cash that she says was illegally obtained from Brazilian companies to finance the re-election effort of the late Hugo Chavez in 2012.

Monica Moura made the accusation in plea bargain testimony that is part of Brazil's probe into a huge bribery scheme at the state oil company Petrobras. She alleges most of the cash given to her by Maduro came from the big Brazilian construction companies Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez.

There was no immediate comment from Maduro or Venezuela's government about Moura's accusations, which were made public by Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday.

Moura is married to Joao Santana, who is Brazil's most acclaimed political campaigner.