Brazilian police arrest 13 mayors accused of corruption

Brazilian Federal Police arrested 13 mayors accused of looting 117 million dollars in public money, authorities said Wednesday.

Brazilian police arrest 13 mayors accused of corruption
According to an official report issued in Brasilia, 11 mayors from Minas Gerais, Brazil's second-wealthiest state, and two from the state of Bahia were arrested.

Also arrested in the case were a federal judge, nine lawyers, four public prosecutors, four judiciary officials, a manager of a federal financial institution and a lobbyist.

More than 50 other suspects were still being sought by authorities. Defendants could face up to 20 years in prison on charges including criminal association, corruption and bribery.

The anti-corruption sweep was the result of an eight-month investigation involving 500 federal agents.
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