Federal Police initiates operation against crimes in public tenders

Companies formed a cartel in several states

Published in 13/12/2021 - 09:16 By Fernanda Cruz - Repórter da Agência Brasil - São Paulo

The Federal Police, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade) and the Federal Prosecutor's Office are currently (13) developing the Pacific Market operation. It is against crimes in public tenders and against the economic order, practiced by companies that collect, transport, treat and dispose of waste, mostly hospitals.

By forming a cartel, these companies avoided price wars and divided among themselves customers and bids. According to an analysis by Cade, the group operated in the Federal District, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo. There is also evidence that Rio Grande do Norte and Santa Catarina were also affected.

75 federal police officers and 57 Cade members participate in the operation in carrying out 15 search and seizure warrants. The investigated may be liable for crimes against the tax order, in addition to other offenses that may be found in the course of the investigation.

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Kleber Sampaio

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