The president of Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp), José Alex Oliva, was arrested today in Rio de Janeiro, in a judicial operation in the port of Santos, the largest in Brazil.
The objective of the action is to investigate fraud committed by a group that was involved in contests in the areas of information technology, dredging and consulting in the port of Santos.
In a statement, the Brazilian federal police said that the investigation files already "point to irregularities in several contracts," which would be carried out through "fraud involving state agents and businessmen."
"Among the irregularities identified, the most notable are uneconomic and targeted hirings, unnecessary acquisitions and actions adopted to simulate service delivery. The contracts under investigation amount to more than 37 million reals (8.8 million euros), "the police added.
In addition to José Alex Oliva, six other people have temporary arrest warrants issued by the Brazilian Justice in the operation that since the beginning of the morning has mobilized about 100 federal police.
The security agents carry out another 21 search and seizure warrants in the cities of São Paulo, Santos, Guarujá, São Caetano do Sul, Barueri, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza and Brasília.
The Brazilian Federal Prosecutor's Office (MPF), which also participated in the lawsuit, added that frauds were detected in the Ministry of Transport, and increased the value deviant in the practice of these illicit acts.
"The investigation investigates the activities of a criminal organization which, through corruption, formed a cartel and fraudulted biddings in IT contracts in the Port of Santos and in the Secretariat of Ports of the Ministry of Transport. The fraudulent contracts amount to 80 million reais (19 million euros), "reads the communiqué of the MPF.
Those investigated in the operation named Triton, in reference to the Greek god who was the king of the seas, will respond for crimes of criminal association, bidding fraud, active and passive corruption, with sentences of 1 to 12 years in prison.