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A look at overruns at Brasilia Cup stadium

Tuesday - 5/13/2014, 2:44am  ET

This April 7, 2014, photo, shows a view of the Mane Garrincha stadium, in Brasilia, Brazil. The cost of building Brasilia’s World Cup stadium has nearly tripled, largely due to allegedly fraudulent billing, government auditors say. The spike in costs has made it the world’s second-most expensive soccer arena, even though the city has no major professional team. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The Associated Press

Some examples of questionable costs that government auditors found in the building of Brasilia's stadium for the World Cup:

--Auditors allege that nearly one-third of the $900 million in costs for the stadium are fraudulent.

--The tab for transportation of prefabricated grandstands in Brasilia was supposed to be just $4,700, but the construction consortium billed the government $1.5 million.

--$16 million was lost when Brasilia's city government inexplicably failed to enforce a fine against the consortium building the stadium despite a five-month delay in completion of the main portion of the arena.

--Materials worth $2.3 million were listed multiple times on bills.

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