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Mac Margolis

Brazil's Year of the Snitch

Sure, money talks. In 2015, so did a lot of people snagged in the Petrobras scandal.
Even he's probably not safe.

Even he's probably not safe.

Photographer: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

Watching him buckle up for the flight to Rio de Janeiro for the holidays, few passengers would have guessed that the graying man in a burgundy polo shirt seated in the back of the plane was wearing an ankle monitor below his slacks, or that federal agents were watching his every move.

The idyll burst when a few passengers finally recognized Nestor Cervero, one of Brazil's most famous white-collar criminals. "Thief!" they growled as the plane descended to Rio.