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Brazil police dismantle corruption scheme

September 24, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian police say they have dismantled a corruption scheme that unlawfully diverted public funds earmarked for an anti-hunger program.

The federal police said in a statement Tuesday that civil servants in the states of Sao Paulo, Parana and Mato Grosso do Sul diverted the funds by simulating the production and purchase of food products they said were for the government’s Zero Hunger Program.

Eleven people suspected of involvement in the scheme have been taken into custody.

Police haven’t said how much money was diverted.

The Zero Hunger Program was launched in 2003 and is aimed at eradicating hunger. It is credited with reducing child malnutrition in Brazil by more than 70 percent.