The Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro (TJ-RJ) determined the breach of fiscal and banking secrecy of Councilor Carlos Bolsonaro (Republicans) and of 26 other people and seven companies. The decision, released last Tuesday night (31), was at the request of the State Public Ministry (MP-RJ), which is investigating the hiring of “ghost” employees in the councilor’s office.
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According to the Public Ministry, Carlos Bolsonaro’s office has paid R$ 7 million in amounts not updated since 2001, when he served the first of his six terms at the Rio City Council. It is the first time, in two years of investigation, that the MP-RJ raises the possibility of a “split” scheme in the office of President Jair Bolsonaro’s son (no party).
With the breach of confidentiality, the prosecutors intend to gather data to find out whether the hiring of phantom employees, who did not show up at work, was an instrument used by the councilor to divert the wages received.
The investigation was opened in September 2019, after Época magazine reported that Carlos Bolsonaro employed seven relatives of Ana Cristina Valle, his stepmother and ex-wife of President Jair Bolsonaro (non-party). Some of the employees lived in another state and admitted that they had never set foot in the Rio City Council, where they were stationed, despite appearing on the payroll.
The MP identified that Carlos kept and used large amounts of cash throughout the terms of office. Among the facts, the payment of R$ 150,000 in cash for the purchase of an apartment in Tijuca, in the north of Rio, and R$ 15,000 to cover a loss he had on the Stock Exchange.
In the request to break Carlos’ confidentiality, the MP recalled that the “modus operandi” is similar to the one used in the office of his brother, currently senator Flávio Bolsonaro (Patriot). At the time, Flávio was a deputy in the Legislative Assembly of Rio (Alerj).
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On social networks, the councilor said that “they rehash old facts that have gone nowhere and change the packaging to push the narrative forward.” Carlos Bolsonaro claimed that his accusers manipulate and lie.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda