The Odebrecht case was an unprecedented corruption scandal involving several countries in the region. It emerged from the so-called "Lava Jato" case initiated in 2013 in Brazil.
In Panama, the construction company was awarded ten projects, including Madden Colon, Panama Metro, Remigio Rojas irrigation system, and San Felipe's historic heritage rehabilitation.
The Public Prosecutor's Office has recovered over US$49 million so far. At least US$36 million came from seized goods and money corresponding to other defendants. Odebrecht companies must pay the Panamanian state US$220 million in compensation for his illegal acts.