Stock image: In this July 11, 2017 photo, Pemex security employees inspect an illegal tap into a state-owned pipeline in the middle cornfields in San Bartolome Hueyapan, Tepeaca, Mexico. Mexico's government estimates fuel theft costs Mexico about $1 billion a year. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY - Emilio Lozoya says he was never corrupt and suggests the allegations are being made by executives seeking to reduce their own sentences in Brazil.

The Brazilian newspaper O Globo said Sunday it has obtained statements made by former Odebrecht director Luis Alberto de Meneses Weyll to investigators. Weyll said that from 2012 to 2016, Odebrecht paid Lozoya $10m to win a contract for work on a refinery in central Mexico. Lozoya left Pemex last year.

Mexico's Attorney General's Office has issued a statement saying it doesn't have all of the information from Brazilian investigators, but would pursue to the case to its ultimate consequences.

- AP