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Brazilian police find suitcases of cash linked to former minister

Brazilian police find suitcases of cash linked to former minister

Brazilian Police, on Tuesday, found suitcases overflowing with millions of dollars, in an apartment believed to be linked to a former government minister accused of corruption.

Former minister, Geddel Vieira Lima, who was a powerful ministerial-level aide, was arrested in July. .

During an investigation into fraud at state-owned bank, Caixa Economica Federal, the dollars were found.

Lima worked at the bank under President Dilma Rousseff and was caught up in a corruption scandal.

The Police reported that millions of dollars were discovered in an apartment in the north-eastern city of Salvador, which was believed to be used by him.

It took police several hours to make a first estimate, with seven cash counting machines.

They disclosed, late in the evening, that more than 33 million reais (US$10.6 million) have been counted, but their work wasn’t over.

“Given the amount still to go, the prediction is that the counting will take all night,” federal police said in a statement.

 

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