Brazil probes fraud in school, jail meal contracts in Rio de Janeiro

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 01, 2017 7:33 AM

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian federal police said they carried out raids and served one arrest warrant on Thursday in a probe of suspected fraud in contracts to supply meals to schools and prisons in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Dubbed "Operation Ratatouille," the six-month-old investigation uncovered evidence that at least 12.5 million reais ($3.87 million) in bribes may have been paid to government officials by a contractor, a police statement said.

The individual arrested in the investigation, who was not named, faces allegations including corruption and money laundering.

Police also executed search and seizure warrants in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Mangaratiba and Duque de Caxias, the statement said.

(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by W Simon)