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Saudi Aramco confirmed on Friday that one of its employees received a bribe for arranging a deal with a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.

The state-owned oil giant told the Wall Street Journal that an internal investigation found that an unnamed employee took a bribe in 2010 in return for “facilitating the purchase of three aircraft from Embraer.”

Saudi Aramco’s statement was made just days after Embraer announced a nearly $206 million settlement with U.S and Brazilian authorities tied to “misdeeds” committed from 2007 to 2011.

In a statement issued on Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice said that Embraer paid $1.65 million to a Saudi Aramco official via a false agency agreement to secure the purchase of three aircraft for about $93 million.

Saudi Aramco told the Wall Street Journal that it cooperated with international agencies conducting “similar investigations” into Embraer deals.

The oil firm said that it has “ceased doing business” with Embraer and added that it will take “appropriate legal measures” against the aircraft company.

Embraer announced on Monday that it signed agreements for the resolution of investigations with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Brazil’s Ministério Público Federal and Brazil’s Comissão de Valores Mobiliários authorities.

Along with the multi-million dollar payment, Embraer has agreed to retain an external and independent monitorship for up to three years to ensure full compliance with the settlement terms.

The settlement also provides that, as long as the terms of the agreements are fully honored, no charges will be brought against Embraer.

Embraer said that an investigation determined that it was “responsible for misdeeds in four transactions” in Saudi Arabia, India, Mozambique and the Dominican Republic involving the sale of 16 aircraft.

“From the beginning, Embraer took the matter seriously and fully cooperated with the investigation. As events unfolded, the company voluntarily expanded its scope and shared the results with the appropriate authorities,” the aircraft company said.


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