By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Current Rio de Janeiro governor, Luiz Fernando Pezão and former Rio State Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame denied in separate statements over the weekend of receiving bribes from former governor Sérgio Cabral’s financial operator, Carlos Miranda.

Miranda sealed a plea-bargaining agreement with authorities where he named two of the state’s most important officials as being involved in one of Rio’s largest corruption scandal, according to daily O Globo.

"The governor vehemently repudiates these lies. He reaffirms that he never received illicit resources and has . . .

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