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Money-laundering scheme a Bolsonaro family business?

New evidence uncovered by news website UOL suggests that President Bolsonaro engaged in illegal deeds during his time as congressman

Money-laundering suspicions also compromise President Jair Bolsonaro (center) and his son Carlos (right, wearing blue suit)
Money-laundering suspicions also compromise President Jair Bolsonaro (center) and his son Carlos (right, wearing blue suit). Photo: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

With all of the media focus on President Jair Bolsonaro replacing Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello — meaning Brazil will have its fourth different Health Minister since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic — a bombastic and potentially damaging corruption scandal involving the First Family has flown somewhat under the radar.

On Monday afternoon, news website UOL published excerpts from a police investigation into money-laundering schemes run by members of Congress and local politicians, including the names of President Bolsonaro and his second-eldest son, Carlos.

Last August, The Brazilian Report published exhaustive details of the so-called “rachadinha” scandal involving the...

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