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Federal Police Arrest Revenue Auditors in Rio Suspected of Illegal Exchange Operations


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The Federal Police (PF) arrested this Wednesday morning (17) two auditors from the Rio de Janeiro State Revenue Department during the 'Operation Recurrence'. At the home of one of them, in São José dos Campos (SP), R $ 37,750.00 were seized.

According to the agency, they are suspected of moving large amounts through a system of illegal foreign exchange transactions.

"It was possible to identify movements of high amounts belonging to two auditors of the state revenue of Rio de Janeiro," said the PF in a statement.

The Recurrence Operation is an offshoot of the ‘Operation Currency Exchange’, which started last year, and which investigates the illegal purchase of coins.

Through the action, two search and seizure warrants and two temporary arrest warrants were issued by the 7th Federal Criminal Court of Rio de Janeiro. The targets were in Barra da Tijuca (RJ) and São José dos Campos, reported the PF.

According to the entity, the auditors maintain accounts abroad in the name of offshores, companies open in territories where there is less taxation.

According to the Federal Public Ministry, it is a money laundering scheme that used these companies and which would have the participation of money changers.

Still according to the PF, the auditors were part of the branch of Finance of the criminal organization headed by ex-governor Sérgio Cabral.

"The auditors have worked for years at the expense of the State of Rio de Janeiro," added the PF.

Federal Police Operation

In November last year, the Federal Police dismantled a criminal organization investigated in Operation Foreign Exchange.

In the investigations, reported the PF, about $ 20 million concealed were identified, more than $ 17 million in a bank in the Bahamas and the rest dispersed in Paraguay among money changers, exchange offices, businessmen, politicians and a lawyer.

At the time, approximately 100 federal police officers participated in the action in partnership with the Federal Public Ministry and the Federal Revenue Service.

According to the PF, 37 court orders were issued by the 7th Federal Criminal Court of Rio de Janeiro, in the city of Rio de Janeiro and Armação dos Búzios, Greater São Paulo and Ponta Porã, Mato Grosso do Sul, on the border with Paraguay.

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