This Tuesday (11), the Federal Police launched Operation Black Flag, to investigate crimes against the national financial system and money laundering, involving about R $ 2.5 billion. The criminal organization investigated has created a network of fictitious individuals and legal entities to transfer fraudulent sums. The suspects enjoy a high standard of living, with luxury cars, real estate, motor boats and motorsport sponsorship.
To protect its members from tax actions, this criminal organization created companies that acquired ownership of the assets. The IRS states that the appropriations already exceed R $ 150 million. The source of the scheme’s resources is made public, since the first phantom company obtained a contract with a state economic development agency and another with Caixa Econômica Federal, for a total amount of R $ 73 million at the time of the truth, in 2011, which, in adjusted amounts, is equivalent to about 100 million Brazilian Real.
220 Federal Police officers and 50 Federal Revenue Service employees participated in the operation, in the states of Ceará, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the Federal District. Fifteen arrest warrants and 70 search and seizure warrants were executed. R $ 261 million has been frozen in addition to the movable and immovable property. Also as part of the operation, a federal police officer was removed from his post.
The investigation, attended by the Federal Police, the Federal Revenue Service and the Federal Public Prosecution Office, began two years ago. The IRS identified suspicious financial procedures and financial transactions, leading to the discovery of fraud.
Those involved must be held accountable for money laundering crimes, crimes against the financial system, against tax orders, fraud, ideological and material lying, and criminal organization.
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