A new report by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) has found that Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government has a history of using government contracts to pay bribes.
The report found that the government of the conservative country has awarded contracts worth over $1.3 billion to two companies, RTS and PPG International, both based in the United States.
The government has also paid out $5.8 million in bribes to a number of Argentinian companies including Vitol, one of the country’s largest gas distributors, and Conesa, a construction company.
It’s not the first time that Kirchners administration has been linked to questionable contracts.
The country’s previous prime minister, Mauricio Macri, was recently convicted of bribery for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribes from a Brazilian company.