New phase of Lava Jato investigates Petrobras

On the morning of Thursday (10), the Federal Police triggered the 74th phase of Operation Car Wash to investigate possible fraud in commercial exchange operations between 2008 and 2011 contracted by Petrobras. The loss, according to PF, can reach US$ 18 million. Named Sovraprezzo, overpriced in Italian, the operation complies with 25 search and seizure warrants.

According to the researchers, the scheme would be to overtax operations above market values to inflate the bank's profit. This could have been accomplished through bribes for Petrobras employees.

The Federal Court of Paraná also determined the blocking of assets of those investigated in Brazil and abroad, up to the limit of R$ 97 million.

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