Brazil detects billions in suspicious financial activity

ABC News, 7/08/2015

Investigators with Brazil’s Finance Ministry say they have identified as much as $17 billion worth of suspicious activity that may be part of a kickback scandal engulfing the state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Antonio Gustavo Rodrigues, head of the ministry’s financial intelligence unit, told a congressional committee the unit had detected the “suspicious movement of 55 billion reals in operations linked to Petrobras.” That’s equivalent to $17.2 billion. The website of the lower house of Congress said he made his comments Tuesday.

Rodrigues said police and prosecutors must now determine if the suspicious actions were in fact illegal.

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