Brazil's Federal Comptrollers Office (its Portuguese acronym CGU) has recovered more than R$1 billion that had been embezzled through corruption and fired over 4,800 public workers involved in corruption schemes in recent years.

These are some of the results of the action of CGU, created in the early days of the first government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2003, to combat corruption and fraud.

CGU also monitored spending of the federal budget by municipalities throughout Brazil.

Since its creation through 2014, CGU inspected 2,144 municipalities where over R$21 billion were spend in federal government programs. The CGU inspectors traveled to these towns - chosen by draws to avoid any suspicious of political influence or preference – where they visited hospitals, schools and civil works.

Finally, the CGU also monitored social programs such as Bolsa Família and the World Cup preparations, as well as blacklisting companies involved in corruption from doing business with the government.

To know more about the CGU and its activities click here .

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