Officials in the country of Monaco have frozen more than 10 million euros (10.6 million dollars) in the personal account of a former official at the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, the public prosecutor’s office in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba said Tuesday.
The move is the latest in the unfolding 3.7-billion-dollar Petrobras scandal that has tarnished Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and provoked massive public protests.
The money was embezzled from Petrobras between 2004 and 2012 and used to bribe political parties and elected officials, prosecutors say.
The account in Monaco belongs to Jorge Zelada, who became a director at the state-controlled Petrobras in 2008.
It was the second such account in two days to be frozen in the European country, where on Monday the 20-million-euro (21.2-million-dollar) account of former Petrobras official Renato Duque was frozen.
Duque was arrested Monday by Brazilian police in connection with the scandal.
Zelada was not yet a suspect, but will be investigated since the funds in his account in Monaco are not consistent with his “moderate” salary at Petrobras, said Brazilian public prosecutor Deltran Dallagnol.
Zelada succeeded Nestor Cervero, who is under investigation for his alleged ties to the corruption network that embezzled funds from Brazil’s largest company.
Zelada was on the job until 2012.
The investigation into the massive corruption scandal was launched a year ago.
So far, former procurement director Paulo Roberto Costa and former executive Pedro Barusco have made deals with the public prosecutor’s office to exchange information for lower sentences.
This month, the deals led to investigations of 51 politicians, most of them from the ruling coalition, including the current presidents of both houses of the Brazilian Congress.
The head of Petrobras, with whom Rousseff had close ties, stepped down last month. And Rousseff herself, who chaired the Petrobras board of directors for eight years, has also come under fire.
This corruption case was the main complaint that led almost 1.7 million Brazilians to protest on the streets Sunday. Many demanded Rousseff’s impeachment.