The inspiration for a Netflix
series and a household buzz word in Brazil, Operation Car
Wash (or Lava Jato, as it is known in Portuguese), is one of
the biggest – if not the biggest – corruption
scandals in history.
Everyone in Brazil has heard of it. It rocked the country to
its core and left practically nobody safe from the prying eyes
of investigators. Lava Jato was a corruption scandal like no
other that toppled governments, brought down multiple corporate
giants, and put numerous politicians behind bars.
The effects of the scandal not only greatly impacted Brazil,
but Peru, Colombia, Panama and many other Latin American
countries were also caught up in the dirty water.
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read: A fresh start for Brazil?
What happened? In 2014, a routine operation began in Brazil
to investigate and uncover relatively minor acts of corruption
that saw black market dealers or doleiros use...