Brazil Federal Police Search Office of Son of Former President da Silva

LUCIANA MAGALHAES, 10/26/2015

Brazil’s Federal Police on Monday searched the offices of Luis Claudio Lula da Silva, one of the sons of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, according to an official close to the investigation.

The search is part of an investigation into whether companies bribed Brazilian tax officials.

The Federal Police are investigating allegations that the younger Mr. da Silva’s São Paulo-based sports marketing firm, LFT Marketing Esportivo, received illegal payments from a consulting firm that lobbied for tax benefits for car makers in Brazil, according to the official.

The Federal Police would confirm only that they searched several offices in connection with the tax fraud investigation known as Operation Zealots and “the evidence indicates the probable occurrence of influence peddling” on behalf of companies in the automobile sector.

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