Brazil’s Federal Police launched an operation this morning to target a bribery scheme involving former and current directors of BRB — a bank controlled by the state administration of Brasília. In exchange, these directors would push for investments into the now-defunct Trump Hotel project in Rio de Janeiro (currently named LSH Lifestyle). At least five arrest warrants have been issued by a federal court in Brasília.
The list of investigated individuals is rather odd — including not only bank directors, but also the son and daughter of a 1980s soap opera star, and the grandson of the last president of Brazil’s military dictatorship. Paulo Renato Figueiredo, grandson of the late General João Baptista Figueiredo, has an arrest order against him. He currently lives abroad.