By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the arrest of 35 officials from the Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday last week, Federal Police investigators are reporting evidence of an embezzlement scheme worth upwards of R$15 million. The covert police investigation, known as Operation Voucher, was launched in April this year after suspicions were raised concerning contracts between the Ministry of Tourism and an NGO, or non-profit organization, the Brazilian Institute of Development for Sustainable Infrastructure (IBRASI) made before 2009.

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