Brazil police investigating Petrobras corruption scandal issue arrest and search warrants

Associated Press

A warrant against the treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party is one of 62 arrest and search orders issued by police as part of the investigation into a massive kickback scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras.

The warrants were issued Thursday morning, according to a statement published on the website of the Federal Police.

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Workers' Party treasurer Joao Vaccari Neto is being ordered to testify about his knowledge of the scheme. The treasurer was among those implicated by a former Petrobras director who was arrested last year.

Brazilian prosecutors say the kickback scheme involved at least $800 million in bribes and other illegal funds. Some of that money was funneled to the campaign funds of the Workers' Party and its allies, often disguised as legal corporate donations.