According to the news site UOL, President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of participating in a plan to rob his assistants’ salaries.
According to a report on the Brazilian website UOL on Monday, Brazilian President Jal Bolsonaro has been accused of participating in a plan to rob his assistant’s wages, while a federal representative put greater political pressure on the far-right leader.
UOL quoted what it said was the recording of Bolsonaro’s former sister-in-law to explain his role in the so-called racket, saying that the racket involved hiring close colleagues as employees and then collecting part of the public salary from them.
UOL’s report is the first time Bolsonaro has been directly implicated in such a plan, locally known as Cracking.
Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors have formally sued the president’s eldest son Federal Senator Flavio Bolsonaro (Flavio Bolsonaro), accusing him of participating in similar fraud while serving as a state legislator.
As Monday’s report was released, Bolsonaro was facing widespread public outrage and Mass protest Regarding his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic-and answered the relevant Suspected of corruption In the government’s vaccine procurement work.
But Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus has led to a sharp decline in his reputation – he faces Senate Committee Investigation Enter the pandemic policy of his government.
Thousands of people protest He was asked to resign due to the crisis in various places in Brazil over the weekend.
Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Rosa Weber also authorized a criminal investigation on Saturday against Bolsonaro’s response to allegations of corruption in the Ministry of Health’s procurement of India’s COVID-19 vaccine.
He is suspected of violating regulations involving a 1.6 billion reais (US$315 million) contract signed in February with the Brazilian intermediary of the vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech, an Indian pharmaceutical company, with a contract value of 20 million doses. Bolsonaro denied any wrongdoing.
UOL’s report is based on a recording by Bolsonaro’s former sister-in-law, Andrea Siqueira Valle, provided by the source.
In a recording, Siqueira Valle explained that her brother André Siqueira was also on Bolsonaro’s payroll and was fired for refusing to return the agreed amount to the current president.
“Andre was in a lot of trouble because he never returned the correct amount that had to be returned,” she said in the recording.
“In the end, Jair said…’Enough. You can get rid of him because he never gave me the right money.”
Bolsonaro’s office declined to comment to Reuters. The lawyer representing Bolsonaro contacted by UOL denied breaking the law.
As Brazil prepares for next year’s presidential election, the recent scandal may cause problems for Bolsonaro.
Former leftist president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva Expected to run-but his candidacy has not yet been confirmed-recent polls show that Lula is likely to defeat Bolsonaro.