By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since the Lava Jato (Car Wash) task force was set up in Rio de Janeiro, seventeen months ago, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (MPF) has filed twenty-five criminal lawsuits against 134 people, according to the state’s Attorney General's Office.

Former governor Sérgio Cabral, accused of being one of the masterminds of the operation in Rio has been in prison for the past year.

“The largest money-laundering scheme ever investigated in Rio de Janeiro was dismantled by the Lava Jato task force of the Attorney General . . .

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