UPDATE 1-Brazil's police to probe incoming Economy Minister Guedes
The probe will try to find out if Guedes, a University of Chicago-trained economist credited with nudging President-elect Jair Bolsonaro toward market-friendly policies, mismanaged hundreds of millions of reais that public pension funds put in his investment vehicles starting in 2009.
Guedes lawyers denied any wrongdoing.
"We reaffirm the correctness of all operations in the fund, which we have to say delivered profits to all its investors, including the pension funds," the lawyers said in a statement.
Guedes defense said it now hopes that in the hands of the federal police the investigation would raise "inconsistencies" they say appeared in an initial report about the case produced by Previc, a federal body overseeing pension funds.
(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Richard Chang)
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