Rio de Janeiro.- The Brazilian Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday registered several properties of several former advisors of Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, son of the president of the country, Jair Bolsonaro, in a case for money laundering and diversion of public funds. The operation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office follows an investigation against the eldest son of the representative and dozens of his former collaborators in his time as regional deputy of Rio de Janeiro.
Among the objectives of the operative are relatives of Ana Cristina Valle, ex-wife of the ruler Jair Bolsonaro, who will be in power on 1 January and is not investigated in this case. Authorities began inquiries after detecting suspicious banking movements in the accounts of Flávio Bolsonaro, elected senator last year, and those of 74 former advisers in his cabinet at the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro.One of the key figures in this case is Fabricio Queiroz, former head of security of Flávio and whose bank account passed 1.2 million reais (today about 300,000 dollars) in the period of one year, a figure that contrasts with its monthly income, which at that time did not exceed 20,000 reais ( $5,000). According to the authorities, Bolsonaro’s son, with Queiroz’s help, would have hired «ghost» officials for his cabinet with public money, which would later have been handed out. All this suspicious information was obtained by the Public Prosecutor’s Office ex officio, based on reports prepared by public tax control bodies. The Prosecutor’s Office has also today searched addresses of Queiroz and some of his relatives, in the city of Rio de Janeiro and in Resende, a town in the south of the city. The legitimacy of the investigation against senator Flavio Bolsonaro and his former advisers came to be analyzed by the Supreme Court, the country’s highest judicial body. Last July, the President of the Supreme, José Antonio Dias Toffoli, determined, cautiously, the cessation of all open investigations on the basis of suspicious bank or tax data obtained without prior judicial authorization. That decision temporarily suspended the investigations against the Brazilian representative’s son and his former advisers, among many others. However, last month, the case was analyzed at the plenary session, where by a large majority, eight votes to three, the use of this data provided by official bodies for corruption investigations was authorized previous court. On the other hand, the Rio Prosecutor’s Office is also investigating whether Carioca Councilman Carlos Bolsonaro, another of Jair Bolsonaro’s sons, hired «ghost» employees in his cabinet of the Municipal Chamber of that city.