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Petrobras Probe Widens, Court May Freeze Foster’s Assets

Prosecutors in Brazil are expanding a money-laundering probe linked to state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA as a court considers freezing Chief Executive Officer Maria das Gracas Foster’s assets.

Investigators have turned to construction companies that allegedly bribed former refining chief Paulo Roberto Costa, according to the federal prosecutor’s office in Curitiba where the case is before a judge. Eleven additional search warrants to gather evidence on Costa have been issued, the prosecutor’s office said in an e-mailed statement today.