Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors said on Wednesday that Flavio Bolsonaro, the eldest son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, is facing charges of belonging to a criminal organization.
According to a statement, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, his former aide, Fabricio Queiroz, and 15 others are accused of money laundering and embezzlement.
The crimes allegedly occurred when Flavio Bolsonaro was a state MP between 2007 and 2018.
Queiroz was arrested in June over a suspected corruption plot.
The suspicions were based in part on bank transactions that included 1.2 million riyals ($ 212,000) from 2016 to 2017.
Flavio Bolsonaro has denied allegations that he received part of the salaries paid to employees on the public payroll while he was a state representative in Rio de Janeiro.
“I didn’t do anything illegal,” he said on Instagram on Wednesday.