RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Federal Police (PF) and the Federal Revenue Service launched on Tuesday, September 3rd, Operation Harpia to investigate crimes of currency evasion, or money laundering practiced by a criminal organization.
According to the Federal Police, the investigations also try to identify the origin and volume of illicit currency exchanges, which reached more than R$1 billion (US$250 million) between the years 2015 and 2019.
Investigations began in 2018, when a network of so-called "doleiros" (currency brokers) operating in the cities of Porto Alegre, Santana do Livramento, in Rio Grande do Sul; Rivera, in Uruguay . . .