Brazil: Prosecutor’s Office Finds Millions in Transfers to Environment Minister’s Accounts
01 Jun 2020

The São Paulo Prosecutor’s Office has lifted the bank confidentiality of Brazil’s Environment Minister, Ricardo Salles, and uncovered millions of reais of transfers in his accounts. The MP-SP is now seeking to push forward investigations into fraud and money laundering.

The Minister transferred R$2.75 million (US$515,000) from his law firm’s account to his personal account in 54 transfers between 2014 and 2017. During the period, Salles was the Staff Secretary of Governor Geraldo Alckmin and São Paulo’s Environment Secretary.

The inquiry was opened in August last year to investigate suspected unjust enrichment between 2012 and 2017. Salles allegedly had accumulated R$7.4 million over five years, when he held public office in the São Paulo government, after quitting his job as an attorney.

By Iolanda Fonseca, The Rio Times, 30 May 2020

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