Authorities in Buenos Aires have arrested 16 people on corruption charges, government officials and business peopll. How did authorities nab so many in one fell swoop? Well, as it turns out, the driver who ferried the bags of cash over a decade kept 8 spiral notebooks of records on his deliveries. The driver wrote down the names of the businesspeople, the amount of cash, and the government official to whom the cash was delivered.
No Excel spreadsheets, no logs, just the spiral notebooks every child in the world now buys for the new school year. Called the “Car Wash Investigations” based on a similar case in Brazil, Argentines now discuss their own Car Wash Investigation. Most of the recipients are friends of President Nestor Kirchner and his wife and successor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Prosecutors describe them as the leaders of “a wide-ranging conspiracy.”
Truth percolates in odd way — the simple actions of a driver’s meticulous records caused the percolation in Argentina.