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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, the pills were not sold on the shelves. The suspects may face 10 to 15 years of imprisonment, a fine more severe than that of drug trafficking. Reports show there have been more than 350 abortions in the city over the past two years. Read Article

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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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Amapá, Brazil: Illegal Mining Raises Concern Along Border with French Guiana

Globo reported on August 14, 2013 that the issue of illegal mining and exploitation of gold by Brazilians (Gendarmes) along the border area of Amapá, Brazil and French Guiana was one of the issues of concern discussed at the VII Meeting of the National Strategy for Border Security (ENAFRON). According to officials, illegal mining raises […]

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Costa Rica: POLICE CORRUPTION ENDEMIC PROBLEM

costaricantimes.com reported that whether anyone wants to admit it or not payoffs and bribes happen within the ranks of the Costa Rican police force each and every day. It seems that power that abuse of power has filtered down the ranks. This unethical virus has taken root so much that on average 6 times a […]

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Brazil: Engineer for Petrobras Reveals Corruption Scheme in Company

Globo reported on August 10, 2013 that Época magazine received information from João Henrique Augusto Rezende, a Petrobras engineer and former director of BR Distribuidora about a corruption scheme in Petrobras. According to Augusto, who oversaw all international agreements, 60% to 70% of earning from the Petrobras was used towards parliamentarians in the PMDB and […]

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Paraná, Brazil: 18 Suspects Detained for Diverting Public Funds

Globo reported on August 8, 2013 that the Federal Police arrested 18 suspects in Operation “Synapse” designed to combat a gang accused of diverting funds used for educational purposes in Paraná. The gang is suspected of embezzling about R$ 6.6 million from the Ministry of Education. The gang, investigated since 2012, had signed contracts with […]

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Espirito Santo, Brazil: Lawyer Detained for Drug Trafficking Activity with Prison Inmates

Globo reported on August 6, 2013 that a female lawyer was detained on suspicion for selling drugs and weapons to prisoners at the Maximum Security Penitentiary II of Viana in Espirito Santo. In addition, the police detained two correctional officers, a former agent, and 10 other suspects involved in drug trafficking. The arrests of these […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Operation Searches Rochina Favela for Missing Man

Globo reported on August 7, 2013 that about 40 officers from the Homicide Division as well as firefighters searched the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro in attempt to locate Amarildo de Souza who went missing on July 14. Police received a tip that the body was somewhere within the favela, far from the Pacifying […]

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Federal District, Brazil: Sergeant of Fire Department detained for drug trafficking

Globo reported on August 5, 2013 that Silvio José Ribeiro Dias, sergeant of the fire department in the Federal District, was detained after police found him with three kilos of pure cocaine known as “fish scale” hidden inside a vehicle. According to police, the sergeant received the drugs from Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Police Officers Detained for Extortion and Corruption Charges

circuitomt.com.br reported on August 4, 2013 that the civil police arrested six police officers in Cuiaba, accused of involvement in drug trafficking as well as protecting traffickers. Among those detained include chief of the Homicide and Protection of Persons. The chief and his wife are charged with corruption and involvement with trafficking. The remaining four […]

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Manaus, Brazil: 16 Establishments Closed for Sexual Exploitation and Drug Trafficking Activity

On August 2, 2013, Globo reported that the Federal Police closed sixteen establishments in Manaus used for sexual exploitation of minors, prostitution, and drug trafficking. Operation “Insurance Center” arrested 20 foreigners from Peru, Venezuela, and Colombia who were living in Brazil illegally. During the operation, police discovered a drug refining laboratory as well as families […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Military Police Officer Detained for Drug Trafficking

Terra reported on August 1, 2013 that corporal military police officer of Amazonas, Tony Cleoson Alencar Ladislaus, was detained after police seized marijuana, cocaine base paste, and weapons in his house in Manaus. The civil police report the officer has been under investigation for a year and that he used an ice cream shop as […]

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Amazonas, Brazil: Mayor Suspected of Sexual Exploitation Activity

jornaldamidia.com.br reported on July 21, 2013 that the mayor of Coari, Amazonas is being investigated by the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents for running a network with fellow public officials to sexually exploit teenage girls. The mayor is suspected of paying between R$2,000 and R$3,000 for virgin girls 12-14 years old. The mayor has […]

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Paraíba, Brazil: Suspects Detained Use Government Money for Fraud Internet Program

On July 20, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Police arrested 23 suspects for misusing more than R$ 1 million of public money for an internet program (Jampa Digital Project) designed to bring free internet to the city of Joao Pessoa. Instead, the money was used to pay for campaign expenses. The suspects arrested include […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Arrest 33 Suspects for Drug Trafficking in Rocinha Favela

Globo reported on July 15, 2013 that after numerous hours of wiretapping and the use of camera surveillance, 33 people were arrested in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, accused of involvement in drug trafficking operations. The revealed conversations do not conclude whether there was police involvement with traffickers although the investigation does not […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Arrested for Assisting Drug Traffickers

Globo reported on July 16, 2013 that seven police officers who worked for the Department for Combating Drug Trafficking (DENARC) in São Paulo were arrested for drug trafficking conspiracy. According to police, thirteen officers in total are involved although only seven have been arrested. The officers received a R$300,000 bribe a year to inform the […]

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Amapa, Brazil: Military Police Officer Charged with Providing Information to Traffickers

Globo reported on July 7, 2013 that Military Police officer Marcelo Cavalcante of Amapa, Amazonas was charged for providing information to traffickers about civil and military investigations on drug trafficking in Macapa. Cavalcante was head of operations for the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) prior to dismissal. Information provided to traffickers by Cavalcante allowed traffickers to […]

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Santa Fe Province, Argentina: Police Officer Caught Working in Sex Trafficking Network

On July 8, 2013 Redacción Santa Fe Noticias reported that police have uncovered a sex trafficking gang kidnapping women, including minors, in Santa Fe. The victims were then taken to Puerto General San Martín and San Lorenzo, where they were sexually exploited. Police also arrested two women as well as a taxi driver and a […]

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Dictator’s Son of Equatorial Guinea Accused of Money Laundering in Brazil

primeiraedicao.com.br reported on July 7, 2013 that the son of the African dictator, Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue of Equatorial Guinea is accused of money laundering in Brazil. In a document of American Justice, it is suspected that Nguema spent more than US $65 million in goods and services in 2008. His expenses include that of […]

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Alagoas, Brazil: Gang Accused of Embezzlement and Other Corruptive Crimes

On July 5, 2013, an operation by Gecoc and the Federal Police arrested five people accused of fraud, forgery, conspiracy, and embezzling public funds in Alagoas. The group of suspects embezzled R$949,476.50 from the public treasury. Amongst three of the suspects who are still fugitives is the former mayor of União dos Palmares, Areski Freitas […]

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Ayacucho, Peru: Corrupt Police and Family Arrested for Trafficking Drugs to Brazil

From La Republica on July 1, 2013- Although his service record was impeccable, police officer, Efraín Rommel Mallaupoma Fernández was a seasoned criminal. Counterintelligence agents arrested Fernández for directing a drug ring that was sending cocaine from the Valley of the Rivers Ene, Apurímac, and Matntaro (Vraem) to Brazil. Authorities also arrested Virginia Lapa Pérez, […]

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Rondônia, Brazil: Police Officer Suspected of Fraud in DMV System

Globo reported on June 1, 2013 that Civil Police investigations in Rondônia detained a police officer accused of fraud. The police officer is suspected of issuing false national licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles. According to police, two gangs are suspected of fraud for selling false documents up to R$4,000 and lowering fines and […]

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Mato Grosso: Chief Police and Wife Detained for Corruption in Drug Trafficking Scheme

Globo reported on June 29, 2013 that the chief of the Homicide and Protection of Persons and his wife, a Civil Police researcher, were both arrested in Mato Grosso on accusations of protecting drug traffickers. According to police, the couple offered to drug traffickers that with their authoritative power, drug traffickers would not be investigated, […]

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Cuiabá, Brazil: Corrupted Police Officials Involved in Drug Trafficking Scheme

On June 27, 2013, a police commissioner and a civil police investigator were both arrested during ‘Operation Destruction’ in Cuiabá for drug trafficking association. The two men are accused of protecting drug traffickers and assisting in negotiations to release them in return for benefits from the drug leaders. The investigation began seven months ago in […]

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Brazil: Dilma Announces Pact With Public Officials to Meet Demand of Protesters

On June 21, 2013, Terra reported that President Dilma responded to the increased use of violence in the protests, such as attacking public and private property, by promising a pact with governors and mayors to fulfill the demands of the protesters. This pact by the President will focus on three issues: that of public transportation, […]

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: 2,000 Protesters Block Major Highway

Terra reported on June 21, 2013 that a protest of about two thousand people in Belo Horizonte stopped traffic on the BR-040 for at least nine miles. The protest is a result of the increased price in bus fare in Ribeirão das Neves as well as the necessary change in social issues. The mobilization of […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Military Officers Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Association

agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br reported on June 19, 2013 that the Justice of São Pedro da Aldeia sentenced 11 military officers and 13 other suspects accused of drug trafficking in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The military officers were accused of accepting bribes to not arrest and convict traffickers in drug communities responsible for supplying the […]

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Brazil Will Host UN Committee on Urban Violence in Latin America

Globo reported on June 16, 2013 that two Brazilian jurists will lead a committee by the United Nations this October in Rio de Janeiro, whose mission is to control and offer solutions in regards to increased urban violence in Latin America. The committee will include representatives from 19 countries. The committee will have 18 months […]

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Salvador, Brazil: Police Operation Makes Arrests for Selling Counterfeit Ethanol Fuel

On June 13, 2013, Globo reported that a businessman and an accountant were detained during “Operation Ethanol” in Salvador, Bahia for distributing and marketing counterfeit ethanol fuel. Six companies are suspected of involvement in the scheme. Such illegal activity has resulted in a loss of R$ 383.4 million which will be compensated through taxes. The […]

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Brazil: Senate Approval for U.S. $18 Million Loan to Combat Corruption

On June 11, 2013, Globo reported that the Senate approved a U.S. $18 million loan s by Interamerican Development Bank to help fund programs to combat corruption in the public sector. The President submitted the application and the goal is to strengthen transparency within managers in the public realm. In addition, another loan was approved […]

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Nova Venda, Brazil: Gang Suspected of Multiple Murders in Region is Captured

otempo.com.br reported on June 30, 2013 that the Civil Police arrested three men and four women suspected to be responsible for at least eight murders in the region of Nova Venda. The investigation began eight-months ago. Police arrested the suspects after a fight about trafficking between two gangs in the region. The leader of the […]

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Ecuador: members of uniformed units investigated for ties with drug cartels

Elcomercio.com reported that more details were revealed yesterday after the apprehension of excapitán from Earthforce, Telmo Castro , for alleged drug trafficking . Police Intelligence confirmed that other uniformed assets and passive belong to that criminal organization. “There some who go to rise (to since it leaves Castro). There’s everything military, civilian, of all …”, […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: four prison guards arrested for drinking with inmates

Eluniverso.com reported that four guards in the women’s prison in Guayaquil were arrested yesterday. The guides Campoverde Henry Ulloa, Carabalí Ruben Ponce, Paul Mina Torres and Lourdes Torres would have dedicated Alcívar drinking with two inmates in work hours and apparently neglected the criminal safeties. Erika Guzman Zambrano, director of the prison, reported that at […]

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Goianira, Brazil: Teacher Accused of Rape is Civil Guard of Capital

expressomt.com.br reported on June 10, 2013 that the 44-year old elementary school teacher who was arrested on Saturday (8) for charges of raping at least 18 students in Goianira; 32 km from Goiânia, was as well, sub-inspector of the Civil Guard of the capital. Holding two public offices is considered illegal. The victims of the […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Colombian Drug Lord Detained at Airport for False Documentation

correio24horas.com.br reported on June 3, 2013 that the Federal Police this past Friday evening, arrested Colombian drug lord John Freddy Manco Torres, known as “El Indio”, at the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galeão) in Rio de Janeiro. “El Indio” was arrested due to the use of a false Spanish passport. He was wanted in […]

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Brazil: 1.97 Million Children Work in Unsafe Environments

otempo.com.br reported on June 3, 2013, that according to the National Research by Household Sample, between 1.56 million and 1.97 million children and adolescents work in hazardous and unhealthy occupations/environments. Children and adolescents work in the production of tobacco, cotton, sugar cane, coal plants, drug trafficking, and sexual exploitation among other areas. The National Plan […]

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Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil: Police Operation to Combat Drug Trafficking in Prisons

Terra reported on May 31, 2013 that the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Norte ended “Operation Elefante Branco” (White Elephant) after arresting 40 suspects accused of supplying drugs from Ceará to Rio Grande do Norte. Police discovered that the gang conducted all purchases, sales, and distributions of the drugs between inmates from within prisons […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Police Confiscate R$ 21 Million in Smuggled Goods

londrina.odiario.com reported on May 31, 2013 that the Battalion Border Police confiscated more than R$ 21 million in smuggled goods over the past 10 months. The commander of the battalion states all seizures do not only reflect the success of combating illegal activity in the areas of Paraná, but of areas all over the country, […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: Federal Police Operation Combats Corruption of Public Resources

ebc.com.br reported on May 27, 2013 that Operation-Vereda Hinterland conducted by one hundred federal police officials this morning, worked to remove a criminal organization in Minas Gerais, accused of misusing public resources. The Federal Police report such illegal activity included businessmen, civil servants, and politicians diverting resources from specific funds such as for road maintenance. […]

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Military Sergeant Sentenced 100 Years for Rape Charges

otempo.com.br reported on May 22, 2013 that Police Military official, Sergeant Alexander Lourenco da Silva who was arrested and imprisoned since March 8, is accused of raping seven women and attempting to abuse another two in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The decision, released on Wednesday, sentenced the suspect to 101 years, five months, and 12 days […]

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Brazil Takes Initiative to Combat Money Laundering in Bolivia

Terra reported on May 21, 2013 that Brazil will help support the Bolivian government combat corruption and transnational organized crime, by providing Bolivia with a technology lab to monitor money laundering. Brazil is the first country to initiate such support to the Bolivian government for this type of criminal activity. According to the Brazilian embassy […]

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Goiás, Brazil: Gang Steals and Adulterates 700,000 liters of Milk

Globo reported on May 21, 2013 that the Civil Police in Morrinhos, Goiás, arrested this past Monday, seven members of a gang suspected for stealing and adulterating 700,000 liters of milk in seven months. In addition, seven trucks and two vans were confiscated during the arrest. According to police, once suspects stole the milk, the […]

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Ex-Mayor of Blumenau, Brazil, Linked to Telephone Calls in Police Investigation

On May 1, 2013, Diário Catarinense reported that the ex-Mayor of Blumenau, Paulo Kleinübing (PSD), was discovered to be linked to a series of telephone calls under the jurisdiction of Operation Black Carpet (Operação Tapete Negro).  In the calls, investigators found the Kleinübing ordered his Public Works Secretary, Alexandre Brollo, in a July 5, 2012 […]

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Federal Police in Brazil to Indict 50 for Environmental Fraud

On May 1, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that the Brazilian Federal Police is set to investigate close to 50 people linked to a series of bids made in the Environmental Ministry of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.  Police have arrested 18 of the accused already and are holding them in […]

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Retail firm Ralph Lauren Pays fine for paying bribes in Argentina

The company paid U.S. $ 882,000 to end a civil investigation and criminal justice in the United States, payments of bribes occurred between 2005 and 2009. The clothing retailer Ralph Lauren Corp acknowledged he paid bribes to Argentine officials between 2005 and 2009 to enter their products into the country. The American clothing brand paid […]

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Brazilian Supreme Tribunal Releases Further Information on Mensalão Scandal

On April 19, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that the head of the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF), Joaquim Barbosa, released a statement concerning the nature of the crimes surrounding the mensalão scandal, decided last December. According to the documents, the scandal was performed in three steps: first, there were measures of accounting fraud […]

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Brazilian Government Releases Countrywide Corruption Statistics

On April 15, 2013, Jornal do Brasil reported that the National Justice Advisory (CNJ) recently released statistics regarding corruption, money laundering and administrative improprieties for all of Brazil in 2012. In the report, there were 1,763 accusations of money laundering with another 3,742 judicial proceedings regarding administrative improprieties. Factoring in multiple defendants, the number of […]

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Allegations of voter fraud, illegal campaigning in Venezuelan elections

The National Electoral Council demanded respect the ban on electioneering. The case of the vote “assisted” filmed in a school. Most Read Most Commented Top Rated Most Read in Perfil.com Jorge Lanata: “The Government joined us Clarín and me” Who is lying Parrilli The severity of the law The posters “teen” Victoria Donda It grows […]

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Investigation Begins in Brazil Regarding Lula’s Role in Mensalão Scandal

On April 12, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil, will be the subject of a new investigation by the federal Attorney General’s office regarding his role in the mensalão scandal. Authorities have 30 days to investigate accusations made by Marcos Valério, businessman and ringleader […]

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Brazilian Highway Police Makes Multiple Busts in One Day in Minas Gerais

On April 10, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Highway Police reported that authorities had a busy Tuesday on the highways in the state of Minas Gerais, seizing over 250 kilograms of marijuana, 100 kilograms of cocaine and derivatives, and hundreds of thousands of Brazilian reais (R$).  In one noteworthy incident in Araxá (BR-262), police arrested a […]

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Judge Orders Suspension of Mayor in Ceará, Brazil, Over Corruption Scandal

On April 9, 2013, Folha de São Paulo reported that a judge in the state of Ceará has ordered the immediate suspension of the mayor of Quixeramobim, Cirilo Pimenta, and his vice-mayor, Tarsus Borges, on corruption charges. The suspension will last 180 days, and a special session will help to replace the executives for the […]

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At Least 13 Brazilian States to be Investigated for School Lunch Fraud

On April 9, 2013, O Globo reported that state and federal public ministries throughout Brazil are investigating the quality of public school lunches.  Authorities noticed irregularities in Espírito Santo last week regarding diversion of funds and the mishandling of food, but investigations are also being launched in 12 other states.  In the state of Rio […]

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Bolivia:documentary from 2009 event in alleged plot to kill Morales

People and Power In the early hours of April 16, 2009, a heavily armed special forces unit of the Bolivian police crept into a downtown hotel in the eastern city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. They made their way to two upstairs rooms and burst in. Within minutes, three European guests had been shot […]

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Mexico: two U.S. women accuse police of attack, theft in San Miguel de Allende

One of the victims stated “crime out of control, police out of control” San Miguel de Allende now referred by some as San Miguel de Juarez. SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Guanajuato. -periodicocorreo.com.mx reported that two American women reported via a video, that were attacked by local police for a false but that they stole antiques, […]

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Mexico: vigilantes take control of town, arrest police officers

In a bizarre incident, hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week. Members […]

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Hospital in Cuiabá, Brazil, to be Investigated for Diversion of Funds

On March 31, 2013, 24 Horas News reported that a hospital in Cuiabá, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, has turned in documents necessary to investigate its purchase of medications necessary to its operations.  According to Kamil Hussein Fares (PDT), Municipal Health Secretary, the fraud involved with the purchases dates back many years, and […]

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Former U.S Customs and Border Protection officer pleads guilty to smuggling unauthorized immigrants

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bringing in unauthorized immigrants for financial gain and bribery, federal prosecutors in San Diego said. Hector Rodriguez, 45, admitted at a court hearing Thursday that for almost two years he accepted bribes in exchange for allowing carloads of unauthorized immigrants at the […]

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Peru: polic working in counter narcotics, under investigation at Lima international airport, for trafficking

Ten police officers in Peru drug (Dirandro) working in Lima International Airport were denounced by the prosecution for allegedly being involved in sending cocaine caches Mexican cops working for the Sinaloa cartel, reported the daily The Republic. According to the newspaper, on June 25, 2012 there was a shootout between police at the international airport […]

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Police in Campo Grande, Brazil Investigate Potential Corruption in Hospitals

On March 19, 2013, Terra reported that police in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul are currently investigating a string of suspicious payments made for services in hospitals in the state capital, Campo Grande.  Local courts have already ordered the removal of several members of one hospital’s board for improper use of authority […]

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Prominent São Paulo, Brazil, Politician/Businessman Maluf to Be Investigated for Corruption

On March 19, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that Paulo Maluf, federal deputy and former Governor of the state of São Paulo, will be investigated by the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF) for using personal monies to cover unreported campaign expenses. In his 2010 re-election campaign, preliminary investigations allege that Maluf failed to report […]

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HSBC accused of money laundering, tax evasion in Argentina

The British banking giant HSBC has been accused of facilitating money laundering and tax evasion in Argentina. The South American country’s tax chief, Ricardo Echegaray, said HSBC’s Argentina subsidiary created an illegal scheme that helped its clients evade more than $100m (£66m) in taxes. Read Article

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Possible social unrest in Belize

Belizetimes.bz reported that a number of small but very significant issues popped up in the news over the past week. By all indications they may be the catalyst, or the spark, that could ignite a national uprising against a government that is failing to meet the needs and aspirations of the majority of Belizeans across […]

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Belize: Land corruption deals exposed

Belize City, March 13, 2013 A shocking revelation was exposed today at Dean Barrow’s press conference and it had nothing to do with the costly restructuring of the Superbond. As with all other acts of corruption and misfeasance under Barrow’s stewardship, the land grab turned get-rich quick program by Gapi Vega and his friends and […]

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City Council in Maceió, Brazil, to Disclose Former Mayor’s Pay Sheet

On March 14, 2013, TNH1 reported that city council in the northeastern city of Maceió, Alagoas state, will disclose pay records of Mário Guimarães, former mayor of Maceió.  According to the current City Council President, Chico Holanda Filho, the information – covering mostly salaries of public servants – will be available from tomorrow (3/15) until […]

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Brazilian Study Links Internet Portals to Fighting Public Sector Corruption

A doctor’s thesis produced at the State University of Rio de Janeiro in 2012 points out the importance of the creation of public sector internet addresses to make information available to the public, in order to fight corruption. The study, done by James Batista Vieira, makes two conclusions: 1) that corruption affects municipal development negatively […]

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Mayor and Vice Mayor of Brazilian City Sacked, Fined, Barred from Office

On March 12, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that the mayor and vice mayor of the Brazilian city of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state, were sacked by electoral courts after it was discovered that they used public workers to run their election campaigns.  Dárcy Vera (PSD) and her vice mayor Marinho Sampaio (PMDB) were convicted on […]

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President of Brazilian Tribunal Says Banks Are ‘Lenient’ with Money Laundering

On March 11, 2013, O Diário do Grande ABC reported that Joaquim Barbosa, President of the Supreme Federal Tribunal, issued a statement today saying that banks in Brazil are “lenient” when it comes to monitoring money laundering operations.  This statement comes after he was responsible for the judgment of the mensalão scandal, in which 25 […]

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Ex-Mayor in Goiás, Brazil, Loses Political Rights for Five Years

On February 25, 2013, Mais Goiás reported that George Morais Ferreira, former mayor of the city of Trindade, Goiás, had his political rights suspended for five years after he was found guilty of administrative fraud.  Ferreira failed to declare deductions from the salaries of public workers in the appropriate amount of time.  Once informed that […]

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Police Operation in Brazil Combats Income Tax Fraud

On February 22, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Police announced that it was launching a new investigation (Operation Hyena II) in the state of Piauí to combat fraud in income tax filings to earn undeserved refunds. Five arrest warrants have already been issued, and 20 federal agents are on the case. The report states that there […]

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Colombia: embezzlement remains number one corruption charge

Transparency Secretariat of the Presidency said yesterday that corruption offenses were recorded more in the country, between November 2011 and March 2012, are embezzlement (45.2%), bribery (31.8%) , extortion (11.7%) and breach of public duty (6.4%). In criminal sanctions, in a measurement per 100,000 inhabitants, the first place was Amazon, with 119.7 cases sanctioned, followed […]

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Honduran Consul General in Phoenix Arizona continues in position after investigation

Elheraldo.hn, reported that the Consul General for the Honduran consulate in Phoenix, Arizona, Astrid Kamper Gaborit , remains in office, after an investigation. The results indicated that she used Honduran public funds for automobile payments. These payments according to the article were made between January 2011 and March 2012, to a car dealer in Phoenix, […]

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Guatemala: Mayor of Santa Barbara, Suchitepéquez detained with weapons, masks

prensalibre.com reported that the mayor of Santa Barbara, Suchitepéquez Otto Orlando Franco-Najera, 26, elected by the National Transmission Unit (NCU) -, two council members and a bodyguard of the commune were arrested yesterday morning by Army and neighbors who performed patrols in communities surrounding Chicacao. Council members are captured Juan de Dios Rodriguez Quevedo, 53, […]

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Brazilian Government Resists G-20’s Anti-Corruption Manifesto

On February 25, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that the Brazilian government resists a recent G-20 manifesto produced with the backing of the United States that denounces corruption and seeks measures to crack down on it in the group’s member states.   Brazil is upset with the lack of clarity in some of the […]

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Venezuela: 14 years of corruption

eluniversal.com reported that impunity stands out as one of the “top 10” administrative irregularities committed by the Government. Just recently when devaluation took place, there are some who remind others that embezzlement also has incidence in the inflation. The cases of influence peddling and embezzlement recorded since 1999 cannot be contained in only one page, […]

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Investigation in Tocantins, Brazil, Examines R$1 Million in Public-Private “Sweetheart” Deals

On February 22, 2013, Conexão Tocantins reported that an investigation has been launched by the State Attorney General’s office in Tocantins regarding a series of bids granted to a construction company with connections to ex-mayor of Palmas Adjair da Lima.  The company in question is CLS Engenharia Ltda., and authorities are looking into a diversion […]

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Justice in Paraíba, Brazil, Orders Politician to Repay R$240,000

On February 21, 2013, PB Agora reported that a justice in Paraíba has ordered that the former mayor of the city of Olho d’Agua, Júlio Lopes Cavalcanti, repay R$240,000 for failure to properly monitor improvements done to a local housing project to accommodate residents with Chagas’ Disease.  The city had created a bidding process in […]

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Olympic Champion/Politician in São Paulo, Brazil, to be Investigated for Corruption

On February 21, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that Olympic Champion and São Paulo city legislator Aurélio Miguel (PR) will be investigated by the legislature for corruption.  This measure also marks the first time in 14 years that the city’s Magistrate Office endorsed the measure, giving strength to a growing case for the […]

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U.S. based website claims cyber attack orginated from Ecuador, according to retired FBI agent

Bananaleaks.com reported that on January 28, 2013, it was knocked offline by a terrorist cyber attack. While the site was restored and it was then again attacked. They established a new site at bananaleaks.co. and claim most of their original reporting material was also placed back online. They allege that their Twitter account was also […]

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Ecuador: Prosecutor conducts criminal investigation of former head of Central Bank,alleged hidden money in Bahamas

Bananaleaks.co reported that Pedro Delgado (Correa’s Cousin) Delgado who until December 2012 was the president of the Central Bank of Ecuador who resigned to press reports could not refute. He was denounced for fraud but his cousin the President (Correa) helped him escape and is now a fugitive in Miami requesting political asylum. Ecuador’s Prosecutor […]

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Two police officers charged with extortion in Bogotá Colombia

Two police officers charged with extortion in Bogotá……It is the superintendent José Antonio Ochoa and Patrolman Luis Alexander White, who had received five million dollars from a woman to her husband not arrested for illegal possession of weapons. The circumstances being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office, were recorded in December 2011, in the town […]

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Argentina: journalist reveals details of narcotic operations, distribution in Rosario

CUSTOMIZED MEDIA MONITORING PROGRAM Carlos Federico Del Frade and published research that says that in the city of Rosario has 400 kiosks drug $ 2,000 million annually collect and also exposes employers of the night and a provincial official. Journalists Carlos Federico Mauro Del Frade and gave details about the route of the drug in […]

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Tribunal in São Paulo, Brazil, Pays 41 Workers R$5.3 Million in December

On February 18, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that the state of São Paulo paid administrators within its Regional Tribunal some R$5.3 million in the month of December, including a payment of over R$300,000 to one administrator.  The report says that the compensation program, VPNI, allowed certain payments due to the administrators to […]

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Cases of bribery under Correas administration

lanacion.com.ar reported via a special correspondent, there is an e-mail that, in recent weeks, went viral among opponents of President Rafael Correa. It is entitled “300 reasons not to vote for the Mashi [as it is called in Quechua]” in the elections tomorrow, and the first thing is blamed are the various cases of corruption […]

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City Councilman in Goiânia, Brazil, Arrested on Corruption Charges

On Feburary 15, 2013, Terra reported that police arrested a city councilman in Goiânia, capital of the state of Goiás, on corruption charges. Paulo Borges (PMDB) was arrested this morning and was charged with participating in a scheme in which the councilman traded kickbacks for project guarantees. The police operation was part of Operation Jeitinho, […]

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Mexico: Video of traffic police officer intimidating and stealing from tourist

unionjalisco.mx reported ….In a new chapter embarrassing for traffic cops. Comes this video that highlights what many know, but rarely documented in video, as on this occasion. Everything happens on a road in Aguascalientes, when a traffic officer, which is not enough to distinguish whether municipal or state, but bears the insignia “protect and serve”, […]

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Regional Courts Demand Instant Removal of Representative in Ceará, Brazil

On February 7, 2013, G1 reported that the Regional Electoral Tribunal (TRE) of Ceará has ordered for the second time the removal of Carlomano Marques (PMDB), convicted in December of 2012 for a vote-buying scheme. The courts sent the letter on Thursday to Zezinho Albuquerque (PSB), president of the state’s lower house, to remove Marques […]

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Belize: whistle blower makes allegations of corruption in Health Ministry involving distribution of pharmaceuticals

There are strong allegations coming from a songbird in the Ministry of Health, and independently backed-up by two members of the Belize Medical and Dental Association (BMDA), that some very senior officials in that Ministry are moonlighting in a drug racket, in which they are raking in thousands, if not millions of dollars. Our Ministry […]

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Survey Says: Haiti, Bolivia, Ecuador among most corrupt countries in Latin America

According to proceso.com.do in a study conducted by Elizabeth J. Zechmaeister, a Vanderbilt professor in charge of the survey that is conducted every two years, told me that the percentage of victims of corruption in the region rose in 2012, but that trend is not uniform across countries. “The countries that made up the regional […]

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Courts Sentence Ex-Senator for Evading R$57 Million in Taxes in Brazil

On February 8, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that a federal judge in Santo André, São Paulo state, sentenced former Federal Senator Luiz Estevão de Oliveira Neto and his wife, Cleicy, to four years, eight months in prison for tax evasion. The couple failed to pay taxes to the tune of R$57 million […]

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State of Paraíba, Brazil, Deploys Agents to Monitor Drought Expenses

On February 6, 2013, G1 reported that in the state of Paraíba, agents from the state’s Accounting Department will be deployed to towns affected by the severe drought to see how various municipalities are spending money. The big question the municipalities have to face is whether or not they are using the drought money on […]

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Brazil: Son of Renan Calheiros Accused of Using Public Money to Pay Attorneys

On February 6, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that Renan Filho (PMDB-AL), federal deputy and son of newly elected President of the Federal Senate Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL), used public money to pay lawyers who represented him and his father in private matters. This money came from allowances that federal deputies and senators receive […]

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Mexico: Obundsman, some human rights violations have reappeared, corrective action necessary

The president of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), Raúl Plascencia Villanueva, regretted that despite progress in respect for fundamental guarantees, enforced disappearances, inhuman and degrading treatment, torture, illegal searches and arrests in mostly associated with operating public security institutions, “are more present than the past few years.” In presenting his annual report to […]

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Ecuador: 22 complaints filed against Rafael Correa for use of public funds during election campaign

america.infobae.com reported that between November 2012 and this week, the Comptroller General of Ecuador revealed that there were 22 complaints against the incumbent president and candidate for the ruling party PAIS. As the document states, total 12 were sent to control units and are in the process of verification. Another two were referred to the […]

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Brazil: Attorney General Confirms Lula Accusation for the First Time

On January 30, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that Roberto Gurgel, currently Brazil’s Attorney General, has announced that he will order a formal accusation against ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for his alleged role in the Mensalão scandal.  After hearing depositions from Marcos Valério Fernandes de Souza, businessman and PT supporter concluded […]

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