In Brazil word of a large scale arrest shook the foundation of an unlikely government department. Brazilian police arrested thirty three officials from the country’s tourism office. They are being charged with crimes of corruption dealing with a recent program meant to train others in the field of tourism.
Paulo de Tarso Teixeira, the director of Brazil’s Federal Police Force was involved in the arrest of the thirty three tourism officials, including the number two official in the department, Frederico Silva da Costa. Director Paulo de Tarso Teixeira said that the alleged corruption stems from a recent program where 1,900 individuals were supposed to receive training in tourism. The crime involves a $1.85 million scheme paid to the Sao Paulo-based Ibrasi institute, where the appropriate use of the money was not followed.
The $1.85 instead found its way to the Tourism Ministry, officials inside the Sao Paulo-based Ibrasi institute and other companies in the form of kick backs.
President Dilma Rousseff, the first woman president of Brazil, and the first supposed economist to hold the office, won control of the nation in 2010, but in her short time, like most South American nations, have had her regime quickly marked by corruption and a list of scandals.
In addition to the recent arrest of the thirty three tourism officials, Antonio Palocci, President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff was pressured to step down upon reports and questions on how his personal wealth drastically increased during his time as a legislator between 2006 and 2010 when he was in position of power and influence.
Transportation Minister Alfredo Nascimento of the Dilma Rousseff administration also had to be removed back in July of this year over a similar incident facing the tourism officials. Alfredo Nascimento was involved in a kickback and over billing scheme that included him and dozens of other officials.