Cars seized in Ronaldinho Institute environmental case

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              FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, July 16, 2017, Brazilian soccer star and former FC Barcelona player Ronaldinho greets fans at the stadium in Grozny, Russia. Brazilian Prosecutors said Thursday Nov. 22, 2018, that they have seized three luxury cars and a painting that belonged to Ronaldinho's brother-agent Roberto de Assis, in connection with an alleged environmental case against the Ronaldinho Institute in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, FILE)
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Prosecutors have seized three luxury cars and a painting in connection with an environmental case against the Ronaldinho Institute in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.

The prosecutor’s office of Rio Grande do Sul state said in a statement on Thursday that the assets belonged to former Brazil and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho’s brother-agent Roberto de Assis.

De Assis and the now-defunct Ronaldinho Institute have been targeted over an outstanding debt. Two BMWs and a Mercedes-Benz vehicle were seized.

De Assis and the institute are alleged to have removed vegetation and drained the land in 2007 without an environmental license.

Ronaldinho’s brother-agent has not responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press.