The Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain stand as the sun rises in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The 2016 Summer Olympics is scheduled to open Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

PANAMA CITY — Panama’s chief prosecutor says 17 people have been charged with money-laundering in connection with a bribery scheme involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Kenia Porcell said Tuesday those charged included 8 Panamanian businessmen, five foreigners, three former Panamanian officials and a former private bank official.

As part of a plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, Odebrecht acknowledged paying almost $800 million in bribes to win business in 12 countries.

Odebrecht became the Panamanian government’s biggest private contractor, winning $9 billion in contracts over the last 12 years.

Colombia has made two arrests as part of the region-wide probe.

And Argentina said Tuesday it was launching an investigation into the country’s spy chief after a news report linked him to the corruption scandal.