Former Chief of Staff Arrested in Bribery Scandal in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Finance Minister under Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s administration, and former president Dilma Rousseff’s Chief of Staff Antonio Palocci, was arrested today by federal police in connection with the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigations. According to officials, there is evidence that Palocci acted as a go-between for the government and engineering company Odebrecht, trading bribes for Petrobras contracts.

“There is evidence that the former minister acted directly to provide economic benefits to the business group in several procurement areas with the government and was . . .

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