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Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested in Sao Paulo on Thursday as part of an erroneous anti-corruption investigation year.
Temer who left the office less than three months ago faces 10 counts of corruption according to The Washington Post . Prosecutors claim the 78-year-old was the leader of a "criminal organization" who misappropriated more than $ 470 million in funds "as part of a nuclear power plant complex construction scheme," Reuters reported.
He is the second former president to be arrested in the ongoing Operation Car Wash, a bubbly corruption probe that has killed dozens of Brazil's most powerful politicians and businessmen accused of paying or accepting millions of dollars in setbacks since 2014.  Former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted of corruption and money laundering in 2017. He now serves 12 years in prison.
Tamer's former mines and energy minister, Moreira Franco, was also arrested on Thursday morning and eight others allegedly associated with the bribery scandal, O Globo reported.
According to the newspaper, the Federal Attorney's Office claims that it is possible to demonstrate that money derived from public funds was illegally accustomed to paying for renovation by Maristela Temer, the former manager's daughter.
A small group of protesters gathered outside the federal police superintendent's office in Rio de Janeiro awaits the former president's return from Sao Paulo and chanted "thief" when he arrived.
Temer has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
His two-year administration was plagued by scandal, and Temer himself was hit by corruption charges in 2017, shortly after he took over the chairmanship of Dilma Rousseff when she was accused and removed from the office to misdirect the federal budget.
At that time, Temer was accused of accepting a $ 150,000 bribe from a food packing executive. Prosecutors also claimed to have an admission in which he agreed to pay a prison politician hush money. But the case never went to trial, as the charges were blocked by his political allies.