Bra­zil tar­gets Itaú in new tax pro­be pha­se

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

BRA­ZIL - Bra­zil’s fe­de­ral po­li­ce yes­ter­day laun­ched a raid tar­ge­ting Itaú Uni­ban­co Hol­ding SA as part of a pro­be in­to al­le­ged bri­be­ry of tax of­fi­ci­als, a sour­ce brie­fed on the mat­ter said.

In a sta­te­ment, the po­li­ce con­fir­med 34 search war­rants are being ser­ved in the sta­tes of São Pau­lo, Rio de Jan­ei­ro and Per­nam­bu­co. The new pha­se of the so­cal­l­ed “Ope­ra­ti­on Ze­a­lot” in­ves­ti­ga­tes a ban­king in­sti­tu­ti­on which the fe­de­ral po­li­ce did not na­me. The pro­be re­la­tes to al­le­ged “col­lu­si­on” bet­ween a mem­ber of the CARF, a Fi­nan­ce Mi­ni­stry bo­dy that hears ap­peals on tax dis­pu­tes, and the un­na­med ban­king in­sti­tu­ti­on, the sta­te­ment said.

The wrong­do­ing was al­le­gedly re­la­ted to bu­si­ness con­duc­ted by the lo­cal unit of FleetBos­ton Corp that Itaú bought a de­ca­de ago, ac­cor­ding to the sour­ce. It in­vol­ved law firms and con­sul­tan­cy firms and al­le­gedly took pla­ce bet­ween 2006 and 2015, the po­li­ce sta­te­ment ad­ded. (

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