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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Fraudulent contracts awarded to complete Rio de Janeiro’s Metro Line 4 may have cost taxpayers more than R$3.17 billion in over billing, according to the state’s public prosecutor’s office (MPRJ).

“The original contract had the state's participation at a 43 percent level, but, after contractual changes participation in the total scope of the work reached 89 percent," prosecutor Liana Barros Cardozo was quoted as saying by Brazil’s official government media.

“This contribution of resources has generated enormous increase of indebtedness for the state . . .

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