Rio de Janeiro (AFP)
The major refurbishment of Rio's famous Maracana football stadium
ahead of the 2014 World Cup was marred by millions of dollars in
overbilling, a government watchdog says.
The renovation of the stadium cost about $500 million, more than
double the original bid.
According to the Rio de Janeiro auditing court, part of the
reason for this was overbilling by the contractors to the tune of
211 million reais (about $90 million at 2014 rates).
The accusations were first aired late Sunday by Globo television
and the documents were seen by AFP on Monday.
One example of overbilling was cement bought at three times the
market price. Another was the new roof, which cost five times as
much as a similar roof on the Soccer City stadiums built in
Johannesburg for the 2010 World Cup, Globo reported.
Some services, such as hiring of cranes, were simply billed
Rio prosecutors on Friday demanded that contractors Odebrecht and
Andrade Gutierrez -- two huge companies involved in a major
corruption scandal at state oil company Petrobras -- and Delta
Engenharia repay some 200 million reais.
Odebrecht told AFP that the company "reaffirms its commitment to
collaborate with the authorities."