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JBS corruption probe expands

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) — Brazilian police made public Dec. 11 an investigation into corruption involving three senators and three lawmakers that stemmed from a related probe into major meat packer JBS SA.

The police carried out 24 search-and-seizure warrants in the early morning hours, as part of an investigation into money laundering and corruption. The inquiry is looking into ill-gotten gains from a “large meat packing company.”

While the police did not name the meat packing company, they said the searches were a phase of “Operation Patmos,” which involves plea bargain testimony from JBS executives.

Among the properties the police searched was the apartment of Senator Aécio Neves, who has been charged for soliciting at least $690,000 in bribes from a major JBS shareholder.

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