Federal Police in Brazil to Indict 50 for Environmental Fraud

Posted on May 1, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Corruption, Enviromental Issues, Police/Military Activity, Politics

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 temporary confinement.  Irregularities in the process included a series of tips paid to various government agents – in total, about R$70,000 – which then were passed through a series of brokers.  Governor Tarso Genro (PT) and Porto Alegre Mayor José Fortunati (PDT) have fired those involved with the scheme in their respective administrations.  Read Article

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