"Swiftgate" was the name given to a 1991 corruption scandal in Argentina during the presidency of Carlos Menem.[1][2]


Swift, an American food processing company, wanted to apply for a grant to keep open its facilities in the province of Santa Fe. The presidential adivser Emir Yoma was accused of asking for a commission or kickback in exchange for facilitating the process.

In December 1990, the ambassador of the United States, Terence Todman, sent a note to the Argentine government, which backed a complaint from Swift of a bribery request to "speed up" the release of tax paperwork for machinery for its plant in Rosario.

As a result of the events, Yoma had to resign for asking the bribe and Antonio Erman Gonzalez left the Ministry of Economy.[3]

The whistleblower was the economist Guillermo Nielsen, who had worked for Swift and had to settle in Uruguay for the next two years following a series of threats.

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