By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Federal prosecutors in Rio (RJ-MPF) have launched the Center for Combating Corruption, a special unit with greater powers to tackle civil and criminal malpractice. In operation since mid-June 2014, ten prosecutors have started investigating crimes such as embezzlement, peddling, bribery, breach of confidentiality and irregularity in the spending of public funds under the program.

According to the prosecutor Sergio Pinel, who will coordinate investigations, the new center will strengthen and optimize the work done by existing forces.

"The great distinction to what it was before is that the prosecutor . . .

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