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Ecuador, Chile: Analysis of Corruption in Police Forces

INSIGHTCRIME.ORG /Parker Asmann REPORTED In Ecuador and Chile, two of Latin America’s most trusted police institutions have been hit by recent corruption scandals, a reminder that even the most highly-regarded security forces in the region are far from perfect.

Ecuador’s national police is currently embroiled in one of the most serious cases of corruption in the institution’s recent history.

The commander-in-chief and other high-ranking police officers allegedly approved the transfer of other officers to different cities in exchange for bribes between $1,500 and $4,000, El Comercio reported in June. According to the Ecuadorean investigative news outlet Plan V, more than 47,000 transfers were processed between 2014 and 2015, netting the group some $16 million, according to El Comercio.

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Moreover, between 2013 and 2017, nearly 1,000 Ecuadorean national police officers were dismissed, El Telegrafo reported. Slightly less than half of those were dismissed for allegedly criminal behavior. Most recently, two officers were dismissed after loading 85 kilograms of cocaine into a patrol car, while two more were dismissed for allegedly leading an extortion ring.

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Meanwhile, in Chile, arrests continue to pile up as a multimillion-dollar fraud scandal unfolds within the country’s national police force, known as the Carabineros.

Twenty-one individuals have been implicated in the latest round of arrests, bringing the total number of those allegedly involved in the scandal to 118, La Nación reported. The embezzlement scandal allegedly redirected as much as 25 billion Chilean pesos (around $40 million) from the institution’s coffers to the personal accounts of the officers under investigation.

At a hearing earlier this year, Chilean prosecutor Eugenio Campos called the scandal “the biggest embezzlement in the history of Chile.”

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The police forces of Chile and Ecuador are widely viewed as two of the most professional and trusted law enforcement institutions in Latin America. In the past, Ecuador’s police force has even been described as a “model for the region to follow.” The two countries also boast some of the region’s lowest homicide rates, which are often used as an indicator of police efficacy.

However, recent surveys show that citizens feel corruption is worsening in Latin America, and police forces tend to be the first bodies targeted for corruption by organized crime. Although the recent scandals in the South American countries are examples of internal graft schemes as opposed to cooptation by outside groups, the apparent willingness to engage in graft on the part of large segments of both forces suggests that they could be susceptible to external influence.

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Both Chile and Ecuador are key transshipment points for the global cocaine trade. It is possible that a boom in Andean cocaine production could provide crime groups in both countries with increased resources that they could use to target security institutions for cooptation.

Ecuador’s national police force is arguably at greater risk than Chile’s Carabineros. A number of recent multi-ton cocaine seizures suggests that the country is playing an increasingly important role in the global drug trade. Corrupting security forces, which criminal groups have done in the past in Ecuador, is often essential for these large shipments to be successfully trafficked.

Crime groups also appear to be ramping up activities in Chile. A recent report documented an explosive growth in the country’s contraband cigarette trade in recent years, which was linked to sophisticated criminal organizations that often rely on complicit security officials to operate. Some 20 cocaine labs have also been dismantled in Chile throughout the last year, suggesting that the country’s role as a drug consumption and transshipment point may be evolving to include production operations. READ ARTICLE AT INSIGHTCRIME.ORG

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Ecuador: Former member of Transparency Secretariat alleges he was forced to stop investigations

16 FEB 2017 hispanopost.com – machine translated |MARÍA ALESIA SOSA, Miami Diego Vallejo, a former member of the Transparency Secretariat of Ecuador, denounced how his superiors forced him to stop corruption investigations, involving senior government officials of Rafael Correa. “Now Vice President Jorge Glas directly called my boss, now Minister Jose Serrano, to ask him […]

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Ecuador: Vice President embroiled in Odebrecht scandal

Jim Wyss/miamiherald.co – V.P of Ecuador – Glas has been hounded by corruption allegations since the Odebrecht scandal erupted last year. The Brazilian construction firm admitted in U.S. court that it had paid at least $785 million in bribes in more than a dozen countries to win construction contracts. According to those company officials, Glas […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Prosecutors, Police Raid offices of prominent family in corruption case

Cuenca, Ecuador: Police Raid offices of Eljuri Group in reference to Odebrecht corruption scandal eltiempo.com.ec reported the Office of the Prosecutor and the Judicial and Criminal Police, last night raided the offices of the Eljuri Group, located in Gil Ramírez Dávalos Avenue and Armenillas, as part of a research process. Police and prosecutors raided the […]

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Videotapes Implicating Ecuador Officials in Odebrecht Case

Karina Martín /panampost.com reported a former Odebrecht executive in Ecuador has produced videotapes of his meetings with government officials. The videos are expected to reduce his sentence, as he is cooperating with the trial currently taking place in Brazil. The former executive will now reportedly receive the lowest sentence of the 77 people who have […]

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Ecuador: Assembly takes actions to combat corruption

radiolaprimerisima.com / The National Assembly of Ecuador approved Wednesday to take actions to prevent and combat corruption, within the framework of the Odebrecht case, with a total of 106 votes in favor and 22 against. After a debate, during session 458, lawmakers established the definition of definitive solutions to combat corruption in public administration. @Ecuador […]

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Ecuador: Comptroller reports some funds, donations for 2016 earthquake not used for victims

elcomercio.com reported the comptroller’s office determined that funds allocated for the earthquake victims (April 2016) were used for other purposes. The investigation revealed that in some instances money was used for unjustified expenditures. The Armed Forces was charged with the responsibility distributing donations. SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS […]

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Manabí, Ecuador: Warehouse full of suspected donated goods for April 16, 2016 quake found

The fact happened in the site Pozo de La Sabana – La Victoria, where the comuneros denounced having found the donations inside the Communal House. eldiario.ec reported (MACHINE TRANSLATED) ….The allegations indicate that the winery was under the supervision of Jaramijó’s political chief, Silverio Martínez, where there were expired food, water and clothing. Some products […]

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One Expat’s story in Cuba, how life can go wrong very fast

theguardian.com/Stephen Gibbs / Speaking to me from Myanmar (more about that later) Purvis recalls his early Havana years. “It felt like another era,” he says. “No internet. No TV. No shopping.” The family adapted well to their new life. Home was a handsome 1950s villa, soon full with their four children. Saturdays would be spent […]

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DOJ not release names of Ecuadorian officials possibly impllicated in Odebrecht case

Jim Wyss/Miamiherald.com The U.S. Department of Justice will not provide U.S. lawmakers with the names of Ecuadorian officials who might have been implicated in the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case — as long as the investigation is active. In a statement Thursday, Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the DOJ had denied her Jan. 6 request […]

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Ecuador votes to bar politicians from having assets in tax havens

The ‘yes’ vote wins in the first, historic referendum of its kind, writes Alessio Perrone. Ecuadoreans have voted to bar politicians and civil servants from having assets, companies or capital in tax havens. With 93 per cent of the votes counted so far, some 55 percent of the people voted ‘Yes’ and 45 percent said […]

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Manta Ecuador: Citizen alerts to alleged fraudulent votes by dead people (Video)

The Following information is stated in Spanish and machine translation to English. This information is being provided for informational purposes only and has not been verified as to its veracity. From LACE: This election gets stranger all the time. Apparently in the video a man finds what he says are hundreds of cedulas of dead […]

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Panama: Protests over Political Scandal

Odebrecht case: Thousands protest in Panama City INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK aljazeera.com / Demonstrators take part in anti-government rally amid growing scandal over bribes paid by Brazilian firm Odebrecht. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Panama in protest over a political scandal involving huge bribes paid by a […]

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Ecuador: 16 of 18 defendants guilty in Petroecuador bribery,corruption case

elcomercio.com reported that a criminal court found 16 of 18 defendants in the Petroecuador bribery, corruption scandal guilty. Ten of the defendants were sentenced to five years in prison. They include former officials Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli, Álex Bravo, Paquita de Mora and Arturo Escobar. The ten must pay $25 million in reparations. In addition six […]

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Ecuador officials connected in corruption investigation entangled with Australian firm

couriermail.com.au reported a corruption investigation entangling Brisbane-based engineering outfit Cardno reached the top levels of government in Ecuador, according to leaked legal documents. Payments of more than $US1.5 million ($A1.95 million) were alleged. The documents further detailed a secret code and allegations of payoffs to high-ranking officials. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS […]

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Ecuador: President’s brother claims Odebrecht helped finance election

RCNRADIO.com (MACHINE TRANSLATED) reported After Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will anticipate that the opposition had prepared a ” bomb “, denouncing that the Brazilian company Odebrecht financed his election, his brother Fabricio said that the company helped in the campaign and even offered a meeting later Of the triumph, to clean up the contracts. ” […]

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Brazil’s Corruption Scandal and connection with Latin America

The Latin American connection in Brazil’s corruption scandal By Patricio Navia buenosairesherald.com INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK NEW YORK — The Lava Jato corruption scandal triggered an earthquake that radically changed the political landscape in Brazil — one whose aftershocks are still being felt throughout Latin America. From Peru to Colombia, from […]

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Ecuador: 102 national police fired for disciplinary acts in 2016

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported in 2016, the Ministry of the Interior separated 102 gendarmes from the institution for in disciplinary acts. In less than two months, there are three detainees. Writing Justice Police Néstor Leonardo GA, 34, was detained – before dawn on Sunday – after allegedly stealing a cellphone and a charger from a home, where […]

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Boliva: Two police detained in smuggling of foreing women for prostitution case

lahora.com.ec/EFE reported A Bolivian court ordered the arrest of two police officers accused of complicity in trafficking in foreigners for a case linked to a La Paz brothel denounced and demolished in September last year, the prosecutor’s office said. The police, imprisoned in pre-trial detention, are Jacinto FG and Freddy AM and face charges of […]

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U.S.: Businessmen, foreign officials plead guilty bribery case involving Mexican Aviation Officers

12/28/2016 ICE.GOV 4 businessman, 2 foreign officials plead guilty in connection with bribes paid to Mexican aviation officials HOUSTON – Charges have been unsealed against six individuals, all of whom have pleaded guilty for their involvement in schemes to bribe Mexican officials to secure aircraft maintenance and repair contracts with government-owned and controlled entities. Two […]

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Facebook Survey shows citizens in Latin America frustrated with bureaucracy

iadb.org/ Novel Facebook-based survey measures citizen frustration with bureaucracy in Latin America and Caribbean – The IDB has launched two studies on quality and innovation in public services The Inter-American Development Bank launched two studies that show the low regard citizens have for the quality of public services they receive and how innovation can help […]

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U.S. Customs Border Protection Officer Busted in smuggling scheme

sandiegouniontribune.com/Kristina Davis reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Jose Luis Cota, the unauthorized immigrant women he fingerprinted and processed before their return to Mexico weren’t just detainees — they were potential customers, investigators say. It’s how Cota met one woman, who ended up tipping off authorities to his offers to help smuggle detainees […]

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Ecuador: Smugglers Adapt to the situation, using social media

SMUGGLERS USE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WEBSITES TO SELL TO EXPATS Liam Higgins/cuencahighlife.com / When customs agents began slapping “government-approved” labels on imported liquor at the beginning of the year, they thought they had dealt the country’s booming bootlegging industry a fatal blow. They were wrong. Before the labels, liquor store owners were able to buy from smugglers […]

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Ecuador: Judge orders preventitive prison for ally of President, on corruption charges

FORMER OIL MINISTER LEFT ECUADOR ON SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2016 reuters.com reported a local judge in Ecuador on Friday ordered preventive prison for a former oil minister on grounds of bribery amid an investigation into a $12 million corruption scandal in the Andean country’s state oil company. Ecuador’s public prosecutor’s office has accused Carlos Pareja, an […]

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Ecuador: President’s brother states “Corruption Rampant Throughout the Country”

eldiario.ec(Machine Translated) REPORTED Fabricio Correa, a businessman and political activist, said last night during the Vote 2017 program, broadcast by Manavision, still thinks which organization is best suited to participate in the upcoming elections of 2017. He said that if would accept to run for president because, he said, is well positioned in the polls. […]

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Peru: Investigation into alleged group of police carrying out illegal killings

bbc.com reported Peruvian officials say there are “strong indications” that a rogue group of officers within the country’s police force has carried out illegal killings. Deputy Public Order Minister Ruben Vargas said an investigation had identified at least 18 members of the force who were allegedly involved. The investigation suggests the group was behind the […]

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Latin America still risky for FCPA violations

insidecounsel.com reported as the world’s attention turns to the South American nation of Brazil this summer as it hosts the Olympics, those who follow the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) have long been watching the region. Spanish Vocabulary Intermediate/Advanced Level: A Guide To Enrich Your Spanish Vocabulary Even the Olympics themselves — […]

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Mexico: New Graft Legislation goes into effect

reuters.com reported Mexico’s chief anti-corruption official, who last year exonerated President Enrique Pena Nieto of conflict-of-interest allegations, resigned on Monday, just hours before new graft-fighting legislation comes into effect. Virgilio Andrade, head of the Public Administration Ministry (SFP), the government’s main anti-corruption auditor, was appointed by Pena Nieto in 2015. He was immediately asked to […]

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Brazil: Scandal of the Lunch Money Mafia

LATIMES.com reported – Police in Sao Paulo have begun forcibly removing young students who are occupying a number of schools and public buildings to protest a scheme that investigators say diverted funds from their public school lunch programs. Before sunrise in South America’s largest city, a wave of police vehicles blocked off roads downtown, and […]

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Ecuador: President, brother mentioned in Panama Papers, focus of inquiry by Panama authorities in 2012

By Kevin G. Hall and Vera Bergengruen/ McClatchy Washington Bureau In the weeks after the release of the documents now known as the Panama Papers, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa called out his country’s journalists and boasted that, unlike other countries, he and his government weren’t found in the leak. However, the secret documents show that […]

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Mexico: Agents detaining indigenous Mexicans looking for Central American migrants

Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge Theguardian.com reported a growing number of indigenous Mexicans are being detained by agents looking for Central American migrants, amid a crackdown driven partly by aid from US The trend comes amid a crackdown on migrants driven in part by political pressure […]

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Unchecked Power Police and Military Raids in Low-Income and Immigrant Communities in Venezuela

HRW.ORG special report on Venezuela Summary Since July 2015, Venezuelan security forces have conducted more than 135 operations, including sweeps through low-income communities, as part of a program known as the “Operation to Liberate and Protect the People” (Operación de Liberación y Protección del Pueblo, OLP). Participating security forces have included the Bolivarian National Guard, […]

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Russia: Putin/Panama Connection

dailymail.co.uk reported / President Putin is the victim of a Western plot designed to topple him through allegations members of his inner circle used an offshore tax haven, the Kremlin has claimed. It insisted that ‘Putinophobia’ has become so great in the West that if there is nothing bad to say about the country it […]

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Ecuador: Police seize 10 million in counterfeit dollars, two police officers detained

Authorities seize 10 million counterfeit dollars to the southeast of Quito / two cops detained eluniverso.com reported police seized more than 10 million fake dollars Rumiñahui sector Tuesday. The money was distributed in 21 packages. During the operation, the officers arrested seven people, including two police officers linked to the case of counterfeit dollars. Colonel […]

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Colombia: Chief of Police under investigation, alleged creation of male prostitution ring

bbc.com reported Colombia’s prosecutor general, Alejandro Ordonez, says he will open a “disciplinary investigation” against the country’s chief of police, Gen Rodolfo Palomino. Mr Ordonez said Gen Palomino would be investigated over the alleged creation of a male prostitution ring. The general is also under investigation for alleged illicit enrichment and conducting illegal wiretaps. Gen […]

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Ibarra, Ecuador: Seven police detained Valentines day for drug trafficking

hoyenimbabura reported the afternoon of Monday, February 15 was held the hearing of flagrante delicto for indictments against seven soldiers who were captured by drug trafficking. The verdict was pre-trial detention for 30 days for the respective preliminary investigation. During that time we will proceed to survey depth investigation of the case. It was Sunday […]

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Ecuador: President fires much of military high command

The military chiefs are accused of overcharging the government for a land sale. telesurtv.net reported Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa announced he has dismissed the military high command, after the leader was accused of trying to manipulate soldiers. “With much pain I’ve had to dismiss the high command … We will not allow anyone to manipulate […]

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Former President of El Salvador dies while under house arrest

usatoday.com reported former Salvadoran President Francisco Flores died Saturday in a private hospital in the capital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, his party confirmed. Flores, 56, had been in a coma since undergoing emergency surgery. Flores, who led El Salvador from 1999 to 2004, was under house arrest on charges of embezzlement and illegal enrichment. […]

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Mexico’s Army in Deep Crisis

Three out of 10 fail confidence, honesty assessments elpais.com reported the Mexican Army is in deep crisis. The Tlatlaya case and the disappearance of the normal school of Ayotzinapa have questioned the efficiency of military security tasks. We now know that in their internal evaluations have not been as successful. In the last decade three […]

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U.S. Border Patrol Agent detained transporting 110 lbs of cocaine in rental vehicle

copblock.org reported a criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped agent Juan Pimentel, 47, on Nov. 18 near Marana, just north of Tucson. The complaint says Pimentel was driving a rental car and identified himself as a Border Patrol agent when he was pulled over. He consented to […]

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Ecuador: Leaked Documents reveal President used public funds to delete critical online content of him

Ecuador’s President Used Millions Of Dollars Of Public Funds To Censor Critical Online Videos buzzfeed.com reported Exclusive: BuzzFeed News has seen leaked documents that reveal Rafael Correa used the intelligence budget to delete content critical of him and the first lady from YouTube, Facebook, and other sites. The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, used millions […]

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Chapo Guzman does it again, escapes from prison in Mexico

(Reuters) reported – Mexico’s most notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman broke out of a high security prison on Saturday night for the second time, escaping in a tunnel built right under his cell, and heaping embarrassment on President Enrique Pena Nieto. The kingpin snuck out of the prison through a subterranean tunnel more […]

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Ecuador Police Corruption Case: Allegedly police paying bribes for preferred assignments

POLICE PAYING AS MUCH AS 5,000 USD FOR DESIRED ASSIGNMENTS elcomercio.com reported Police in few data have transpired since Friday announced two facts: a possible case of corruption in the countries of the gendarmes and the voluntary resignation of the commander Fausto Tamayo. Yesterday, this newspaper spoke with a senior official and confirmed that the […]

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U.S. Former Oil Company exec pleads guilty in bribery case with Colombian oil official

usatoday.com reported a former co-CEO of an oil services firm on Monday pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a Colombian oil official, handing a victory to U.S. prosecutors despite an embarrassing hiccup that temporarily threatened to upend the case. Former PetroTiger co-CEO Joseph Sigelman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act […]

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Latin America’s Ranking Corruption by Transparency International (2013)

TrhansThe Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world. The Index scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below […]

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Australian firm may be involved in corruption scandal with Ecuador Govt. contracts

couriermail.com.au reported infrastructure consultancy Cardno has raised the alarm that one of its subsidiaries could be entangled in a corruption scandal involving Ecuador-government contracts. Contracts with state-owned businesses in the South American nation are also under investigation by “independent external advisers” appointed by Cardno, the Brisbane-based company told the stock exchange on Monday afternoon. The […]

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U.S. State Dept Under Clinton Lifted Ban on wealthy Ecuadorian woman

newsmax.com/N.Y. TimesThe State Department, while still under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, lifted a ban against a wealthy Ecuadorian woman after her family donated thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates, federal records show, so she could come to the United States and work for a company that raised money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. […]

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Ecuador corruption perception ranking by Transparency International (2014)

ecuador.corresponsables.com reported the NGO Transparency International presented the index of perception of corruption by 2014. In this ranking, Ecuador appears ranked 110 in the ranking, falling seven positions over the previous year. Home » Ecuador slightly worsened their perception of corruption Ecuador slightly worsened their perception of corruption The NGO Transparency International presented the index […]

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Mexico holding Chinese ships suspected of containing iron ore from drug cartel

hellenicshippingnews.com reported authorities in Mexico have been holding four Chinese ships and their crews since May as they try to end drug cartels’ involvement in iron ore sales. Some 95 Chinese crew members are on the ships, sources with knowledge of the matter say, and they are encountering health problems related to being stuck on […]

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Venezuela: Maduro pledges to purge police force

Venezuela’s president promises to revamp country’s police force Nicolás Maduro announces measure after two police were incriminated in murder of pro-government politician. Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro has promised to launch a thorough purge of the country’s police force after two of its members were incriminated in the gruesome murder of a pro-government politician earlier this […]

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Mexico: Three U.S. citizens allegedly kidnapped by police, whereabouts unknon

Witnesses assert that the three U.S. citizens were arrested by agents controlled by the mayor of Matamoros. A Matamoros police squad which is in charge of the security of the mayor of Matamoros, Leticia Salazar, kidnapped three young U.S. citizens, asserted the mother of the victims on Tuesday. Raquel Alvarado asserts that her sons and […]

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Latin America: corruption and tax evasion directly correlated to inequality, injustice

IPSNEWS.NET reported…The 2013 Latinobarómetro poll indicates that 26 percent of all Latin Americans said they were aware of at least one case of corruption in their country in the past 12 months. A similar percentage said that nearly everyone in their government was corrupt. Venezuela and Mexico top the ranking for perception of corruption, with […]

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Ecuador’s Legal System Shakedown of Chevron

thefederalist.com/By Jason Stverak….When Latin America lost Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last year, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa stepped in to fill the gap as socialism’s godfather. But Correa’s aspirations are coming at a huge price for Ecuador and its people. While Chavez lavishly doled funds from his petrodollar-stocked treasury to promote authoritarian socialism throughout the region, […]

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Mexico: Disappearnce of students prompts call for nationwide protest

telesurtv.net reported Protests will be held throughout Mexico in response to the alleged disappearance of student by police officials in collusion with organized crime. Students from the Teacher Training College of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, alongside family members of the 43 disappeared students, have issued a call for nation-wide protests and demonstrations for October 8 organized under […]

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Brazil: Candidates, voters detained for allegations of electoral misconduct

telesur.net reported at least 22 candidates in Brazil’s general elections and 248 voters have been arrested under allegations of electoral misconduct. Brazil’s electoral authority has urged voters and candidates to play fair in Sunday’s elections, after a series of arrests were made across the country. Read Article

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Police detained in Peru for involvement in drug trafficking ring with Bolivia

telesurtv.net reported the officers were arrested after officials exposed them for orchestrating a drug trafficking network between Peru and Bolivia. A band of Peruvian police officers involved in drug trafficking with ties to Bolivia was disjointed in Puno, announced the Minister of Interior, Daniel Urresti. The network was headed by commander Carlos Herrera and was […]

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Emilio Palacio alleges corruption in bidding process for asphalt during closure of refinery in Ecuador

EmilioPalacio.com reported CLOSING THE REFINERY ESMERALDAS WILL COST A FORTUNE TO ECUADOR. What the country does not know is that this should be not only for technical reasons but also to corruption. As shown, this “small” button: A recent acquisition of 225,000 barrels (or 37,500 tons) of asphalt Petroecuador will entail a premium of approximately […]

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Mexico: Journalists Increasingly publishing articles anonymously

By Marta Durán de Huerta/rnw.nl reported / Journalists in Mexico are increasingly publishing their articles anonymously. Attaching your name to a report, an article or a picture is an obligation and a right. But doing so in Mexico can cost journalists their jobs or their lives. The biggest danger facing reporters there is not being […]

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Mexico: Police Chief Accused of assaulting journalist

telesurtv.net reported a Mexican attorney alleges that Silao´s police chief was behind the attack on 24 year old journalist Karla Silva. Carlos Zamarripa, Attorney General in the Mexican states of Guanajuato has signalled the local police chief as the one of the assailants in the attack of journalist Karla Janeth Silva. Silva was hospitalized after […]

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Honduras: Former Head of Social Security detained for fraud, corruption

bbc.com reported the former head of the Honduran Institute of Social Security, Mario Zelaya, has been arrested near the border with Nicaragua. Mr Zelaya is suspected of misappropriating millions of dollars from the country’s social security program. The government had offered a $50,000 (£31,000) reward for information on his whereabouts. Mr Zelaya had been on […]

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La Gran Familia, Peruvian Mafia extends tentacles into Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia

larepublica.pe reported “La Gran Familia” extends its tentacles to Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. Criminal gang would have signed alliances with important national and international criminal gangs. “Old Paco” would still be leading. The criminal organization “La Gran Familia” would operate with its full might and apparently until recharged, since successfully extended its tentacles to Ecuador, […]

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Guatemala: Prison Service Director arrested on corruption charges

bbc.com reported Guatemala’s Prison Service Director Edgar Camargo has been arrested and charged with involvement in a lucrative corruption and extortion scheme. Prosecutors say the scheme was run by a high profile convicted criminal, Byron Oliva Lima, who paid bribes to Camargo. Oliva Lima took money from inmates to allow them access to phones, special […]

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Mexico: “Torture out of Control” reported cases up 600% in last decade

aljazeera.com/Amnesty International reported…Instead of water-boarding it’s called the tehuacanazo — and the water forced down the victim’s nose is carbonated, and sometimes spiced with chili pepper. It’s been a well-known technique used by Mexican police for decades. The tactic — along with electric shocks, sexual violence, near-asphyxiation and death threats — appears in the testimonies […]

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Ecuador: Anti-Internet Piracy firm files copyright complaint against news group investigating ambassador to U.S.

freebeacon.com reported an anti-Internet piracy firm with ties to the government of Ecuador, and its president Rafael Correa, on Friday filed a copyright complaint against a news organization that days earlier exposed potential corruption by the South American nation’s ambassador to the United States. The company, arcelona-based Ares Rights, demanded that a website hosting service […]

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Colombia: Companies investigated for price fixing of disposable diapers

bbc.co.uk reported Something does not smell right in the world of baby diapers Colombia: after months of investigation, the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce of Colombia (SIC) decided to accuse the country’s leading manufacturers of conspiring to artificially inflate the prices of their disposable diapers. The scandal involves the manufacturers of the Winny, Huggies, Baby […]

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Buenos Aires Argentina: Three Former Police Chiefs, officers investigated as part of kidnap express gang

gba.urgente24.com reported three former police chiefs and 7 officers are being investigated for their involvement in a gang that was engaged in kidnapping express and the theft of cars in La Matanza. Administrative proceedings will kick off and they will be forbidden to carry its regulation, as well as separated from the police weapon. Three […]

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Nexus of Corruption between Coahuila Mexico and San Antonio Texas

borderlandbeat.com reported the overwhelming corruption in Coahuila allows organized crime to prevail. Corruption from municipal city hall to the governors office, throughout the state, assure the narco business will comfortably flourish. During his governorship “Bert” Moreira and his gang of thieves have purchased luxury properties in San Antonio, and businesses in the area extending to […]

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A Look At Corruption in Michoacán Mexico

publimetro.com.mx reported Michoacán is one of Mexico’s poorest States , despite being an agricultural power (produces 85% of the avocados of the country, which in turn is the world’s largest producer of the fruit) and its tourist profile, affected by the image of violence and corruption that drag. That territory acquired international notoriety in the […]

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Mexico: Immigration Officials Accused participating in criminal network, blackmailing relatives

infobae.com reported agents of the National Institute of migration (INM) were accused of participating in a criminal network in a season of Acayucan, Southern State of Veracruz, to the detriment of illegal Central American origin. The complaint figure who is blackmailed to relatives of immigrants, collection of fees to free undocumented intercepted vehicles and the […]

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Andres Oppenheimer believes it is the time for an International Anti-corruption Court

Miamiherald.com/Andres Oppenheimer (Opinion Piece) wrote the more I read about the massive government corruption in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela and other countries where top officials have been accused of stealing fortunes with near total impunity, the more I like a new proposal that is making the rounds in world legal circles — creation of an […]

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Mexico: Military to increase presence in state of Tamaulipas

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – Mexico’s government decided Tuesday to increase military control over security in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and purge corrupt police to reverse a surge in drug cartel violence. Clashes between cartel gunmen and troops as well as street gunfights among gang members have left more than 80 people dead in […]

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Former President of Guatemala pleads guilty in U.S. for accepting bribes from Taiwan

bbc.com reported that…Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004) has told a court in New York he accepted $2.5m (£1.5m) in bribes from Taiwan. Portillo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money and agreed not to appeal against any prison sentence between four and six years. He said he had taken the money […]

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Journalist from Ecuador claims police stole documents of alleged corruption of gov.

freebeacon.com reported that an Ecuadorian journalist says police recently raided his home and stole thousands of documents involving alleged corruption by government officials in the latest attempt by the country’s leaders to silence the media. Investigative journalist Fernando Villavicencio told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview that his house was raided in the middle […]

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Ecuador questions methodology of Transparency International Corruption Index

andes.info.ec reported that The United States oil company, Chevron-Texaco, sentenced to pay $9.5 billion dollars for environmental remediation of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is one of the international companies that finances the organization Transparency International. Public Administration Secretary, Cristian Castillo, shared with the Andes Agency that the organization elaborated a report on corruption, placing Ecuador in […]

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Brazil: Militias now control major areas of Rio’s slums.

NYTIMES.COM reported that Officials have been lauded for reclaiming lawless areas from drug traffickers in various favelas across a sprawling metropolitan area with 11.8 million residents. But the image of a city on the mend has been undermined by the actions of its own security forces, particularly the spreading militias composed largely of active-duty and […]

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Mexico: amended anti-money laundering laws

dw.de reported…Not many experts in Mexico are willing or brave enough to discuss the country’s recently amended anti-money laundering laws, designed to hamper the drug cartels from trying to legitimize their ill-gotten gains. Banned transactions, in national or international currencies, include the sale of real estate or property valued at more than 520,000 pesos ($40,000). […]

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Mexico: “Mordida” remains part of the social fabric

DW.DE reported – Literally translated Mordida means “bite.” In Mexico, it means bribe – the backhander, normally involving the greasing of palms via a small exchange of cash to avoid a traffic infraction or to untie red tape. It’s the thin edge of the wedge in bribery and corruption, which certainly isn’t confined to Mexico, […]

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Criminal Gangs Shipping Fuel from Venezuela to Colombia, paid for with cocaine

bloomberg.com reported…. Criminal gangs are shipping the equivalent of 60 to 100 tankers of subsidized Venezuelan fuel per day into Colombia, much of it paid for with cocaine, according to the Colombian government. Between 10 percent and 15 percent of fuel used by Colombian drivers is smuggled from neighboring countries, Juan Ricardo Ortega, the head […]

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Manta Ecuador: Four Guards of armored vehicle detained in 80,000 dollar heist

Seventh Judge of Criminal Manabi Bailon Leonor ruled pretrial detention for four security guards Tevcol company, which on Monday guarding an armored vehicle, which was assaulted at the gas station Manabi Transport Cooperative (CTM) , on Metropolitan Avenue (via a Manta). In a report issued by the Police detailing that detainees are Orley Waldemar SC […]

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Insecurity affecting Latin America development according to U.N. report

plenglish.com reported that an UN Report: Insecurity Affects Latin America and its Development Latin America as a region remains affected by the problem of insecurity, a phenomenon that limits its socioeconomic progress, according to a report circulated today by the United Nations Development Program. The study on 2013-2014 regional human development focuses on threats such […]

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Suriname: President’s son charged in U.S. for attempting to aid Hezbollah

mercopress.com reported that the son of Suriname’s president has been charged by the United States with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Dino Bouterse was allegedly paid millions of dollars to provide a base and weapons for Hezbollah fighters. The Shia militants were planning attacks on the US and the Netherlands, […]

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Ecuador: 400 Police Officers detained and investigated, suspected of criminal activity in 2013

Elcomercio.com reported that More than 400 Ecuadorean police officers have been detained and investigated for suspected criminal activity IN 2013, as the government attempts to reform chronically corrupt law enforcement. IF YOU ARE THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR READ THIS BOOK The treatment process within the Police PTO. Following the announcement that the agents will […]

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Guatemala – survivor´s story of a massacre

thestar.com reported………Ramiro Osorio Cristales was one of four survivors of the massacre at Dos Erres. He was eventually forced to call a man who helped kill his father ‘Papa.’ A life changed forever “It was at night,” says Osorio, as he recalls those terrifying hours when his life changed forever. “We had gone to bed.” […]

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Mensalão in Brazil: Roberto Jefferson First to Request New Trial

On October 17, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that Roberto Jefferson, former leader of the Brazilian Labor Party (PDT) and whistleblower in the infamous mensalão case, has become the first of the case’s defendants to request a new trial, as well as a pardon.  Jefferson was sentenced in September to seven years, 14 days in prison […]

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Siemens Executives in Brazil Admit to Bribery Charges

On October 15, 2013, Estado de São Paulo reported that a former executive of the German multinational firm Siemens has admitted to using bribery to gain bids on projects in São Paulo’s subway sector.  The content of these admissions are still under investigation; however, reports suggest that these depositions could significantly alter the direction of […]

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Ten Brazilian Police Officers charged in murder of Favela resident

bbc.co.uk reported that ten Brazilian police officers have been charged with murdering Amarildo de Souza, a bricklayer who lived in Rio de Janeiro’s biggest shanty town Rocinha, two months ago. Mr Souza, 43, has not been seen since 14 July, when he was taken by police officers who were investigating drug-trafficking activities at the favela. […]

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Costa Rica: Taxi drivers working at airport obtain fraudulent English certifications

CostaRicanTimes.net reported….. – You get off your flight to Costa Rica. You go through baggage claim to pick up your luggage. You then head outside and are asked right away by about 20 different taxi drivers asking you where you want to go. Do they speak English? You would think yes……..but their certificates may be […]

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Storms in Mexico demonstrate weakness of infrastructure, corruption

Human nature is sharing the blame with Mother Nature in Mexico for the destruction spawned by twin storms, with critics pointing to shoddy construction, endemic corruption and political wheeling-and-dealing. The country was thrashed last week by a rare tag team of tropical storms on opposite coasts, Manuel and Ingrid, that killed at least 123 people, […]

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Federal Police Launch Operation Against Social Security Fraud

On September 26, 2013 Terra reported that the Federal Police in conjunction with other federal agencies, carried out Operation “Corredeira” in Sao Paulo, against a gang resposble for committing fraud to the National Institute of Social Security between 2006-2013. The gang has caused about R$4 million in loss and may be more than that considering […]

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Latin America: Andres Oppenheimer, Authoritarian leaders breed corruption

Miamiherald.com – What’s most amazing about the arrest in Miami of Bolivia’s top anti-corruption police official, caught on tape extorting a bribe from a well-known businessman, was that hardly anybody was surprised by the news. Corruption by top officials of Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina and other Latin American authoritarian populist countries has become so common […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: Police Operation Detains 22 Suspects for Fraud

On September 9, 2013, Globo reported that “Operation Esopo” detained 22 people for the act of diverting public funds through bidding and the contracting of services. Police report services were overpriced and never delivered. The operation took place in 10 states as well as the Federal District. The Federal Police report that the suspects worked […]

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Brazil: Corruption reported as most popular crime

Veja.com.br reported on September 9, 2013 that the Federal Police report that about R$1 billion has been diverted in the public sector due to fraud and corruption. Police report such crime has surpassed that of drug trafficking and smuggling. Between January and August of this year, 20.7% of work by the Federal Police focused on […]

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Acre, Brazil: Suspects Detained for Selling Abortion Pills

Globo reported on August 29, 2013 that the Federal Police detained six suspects including the owner of the pharmacy, accused of selling abortion pills in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre. According to a forensic examination, the tablets were from Italy and are banned in Brazil. The pills were sold between R$100 and R$250. Fear of surveillance, […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Suspects and companies indicted on charges for issuing false environmental permits

On August 30, 2013 Terra reported that 49 people and seven companies were indicted by the Federal Police for suspicion of fraudulent activity in Rio Grande do Sul. The suspects, accused of issuing false environmental permits, are charged with crimes of money laundering, forgery, and conspiracy among others. Among those arrested included businessman, public servants, […]

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Lawyer Detained for Drug Trafficking Association

Globo reported on August 30, 2013 that police arrested in Ribeirão Preto, Sao Paulo, a 38-year-old lawyer accused of association with drug trafficking. The lawyer was suspected of selling drugs with the gang as well as defending the drug gang for distributing drugs to certain cities within the state. Aside from the lawyer, police arrested […]

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Amazonas, Brazil: Mayor Accused of Corruption and Sexual Exploitation Testifies to CPI

Globo reported on August 27, 2013 that the mayor of Coari, Adail Pinheiro, testified against sexual exploitation charges. According to the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission of Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (CPI), Pinheiro was part of a network for sexually exploiting minors. Federal prosecutors report hearing contradictions in Pinheiro’s statements however wiretaps conducted by the […]

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San Jose, Costa Rica: Dismantled Gang Used Mail Service to Traffic Drugs

From lainformacion.com on August 28, 2013- Authorities in Costa Rica dismantled an international drug trafficking gang that was using the postal service to send and receive drugs. The group was led by one Lithuanian and two Romanians who had recruited officials from the state-owned postal service. This organization shows the continued “diversification” of drug trafficking […]

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Brasilia, Brazil: Arrival of Corruptive Senator in Brazil Will Not Affect Bilateral Relations

Globo reported on August 25, 2013 that the Bolivian Senator who took asylum in the Brazilian embassy in La Paz since May 28, 2012 will not affect relations between both countries according to the Bolivian Minister of Communication. As Senator Roger Pinto arrived in Brazil on the 24th, he no longer has refugee status and […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Seven Suspects Detained, Including Former Police Officer

On August 16, 2013 Globo reported that seven people were arrested, once including a former police officer during Operation “Alliance”. The suspects are accused of involvement in drug trafficking activity in the city of Manaus, Amazonas. The investigation began about two months ago in response to complaints by members of the community. During the operation, […]

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Parana, Brazil: 23 Suspects Arrested for Corruption and Conspiracy

On August 15, 2013 Globo reported that 23 people; delegates, researchers, support agents, and traders, were sent to court by the Public Ministry for corruption and conspiracy. Investigators report the gang attempted to receive money from merchants in the junkyard sector, collecting up to R$30,000 a month with registration fees costing R$50,000. The arrest is […]

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