Brazil prosecutors file charges against 35 in kickback scandal at state oil company Petrobras

December 11, 2014 11:00 PM

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SAO PAULO – Prosecutors investigating a sprawling kickback scheme at Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras filed charges Thursday against 35 people, including executives from some of the nation's biggest construction firms.

The formal charges cap a months-long investigation dubbed "Operation Car Wash," which is proving to be one of Brazil's biggest corruption schemes yet uncovered with authorizes saying they'll seek the return of nearly $400 million from the accused.

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