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Brazil’s Attorney General‘s office announced on Tuesday that it has tripled its 2018 budget for the investigation into a sprawling corruption scandal that has engulfed political and business leaders across Latin America.
Federal prosecutors decided to boost spending on the so-called Car Wash investigation from the $165 million initially allotted in January to more than $500 million.
The probe could get an additional $165 million later this year, though that is not certain.
“This sends a clear message that we are not making any reduction (to the probe), quite on the contrary,” Dodge said during a meeting in the capital of Brasilia.
The budget decision has to be ratified by Temer, who is also one the targets of the investigation — though he cannot be prosecuted by the Curitiba prosecutors while in office.