By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a new phase of the Lava Jato Operation, Brazil's Federal Police arrested thirteen politicians and businessmen in Rio on Tuesday, November 14th. They are accused of crimes ranging from corruption, criminal association, money laundering and tax evasion.

Among the indicted ones are Felipe Picciani, son of Jorge Picciani, president of ALERJ (Legislative Assembly of Rio's State) and Jacob Barata Filho, son of Jacob Barata, great entrepreneur of Rio's public bus service.

Led by the Federal Public Ministry and the Federal Police, the action started six months ago . . .

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