The Civil Police, through the Dlav (Department for the Investigation of Money Laundering), with the support of the Scientific Police, launched on Tuesday morning the operation “Bicho Impossível” (19). The purpose of the operation is to investigate crimes related to money laundering and gambling, among other crimes.
According to the civilian police, the operation included seven targets in shopping centers and supermarkets in Santa Catarina. According to civil police, the cars were located in the municipalities of San José, Florianópolis, Palos, Santo Amaro da Imperatriz and Crisium in the south of the state.
The operation suspended the activities of the companies involved as investigations revealed they were being used for money laundering. The resources, according to civilian police, were obtained through the exploitation of game animals using amusement machines to catch stuffed animals.
The investigation also revealed that these companies were used not only to make gambling appear legal, but also to commit other crimes.
Thus, once the fraud is confirmed, in addition to the termination of the activity due to its illegality, the defendants can be prosecuted not only for money laundering, but also for theft and consumer relations crimes.
The operation involved 31 police officers, 16 civilian police officers and 15 scientific police officers. The action received the support of Drci (Department for Combating Computer Crime), as well as DD (Fraud Police Department) and Nint (Intelligence Center) of Crisium.
Operation Bicho Impossible