• Categories
  • Archives

Brazilian Pol Caught Filling Socks with Bribe Back as Assembly’s Chief

Leonardo Prudente hides money in socksBrazilian assemblyman Leonardo Prudente (no party since he resigned so as to avoid being expelled from the DEM party) says he will return to his post as president of the Federal District Legislative Assembly after a leave of absence that began on December 1st following accusations that he was part of a corruption scheme.

Prudente was filmed accepting stacks of money and then putting wads of bills into his pockets and when he ran out of pockets he crammed the rest of the money into his socks.

As president of the Legislative Assembly Prudente will manage impeachment hearings against the governor and other members of the executive and legislative branches accused of receiving bribes – including himself.

According to the Federal Police, an investigation called Pandora’s Box has found that contractors who do work for the local government in Brasília (GDF) have been making illegal payments to the GDF, which were passed on to members of the legislature and the executive branch for their political support.

The accusations against the governor José Roberto Arruda, the vice governor, Paulo Octávio, and other members of the executive and legislative branches are mainly based on films made by a former member of Arruda’s cabinet, Durval Barbosa, who was until recently the secretary for Institutional Relations.

At the top of a long list of bribe recipients compiled by the police were Prudente and the governor, José Roberto Arruda. Both were members of the DEM (in fact Arruda was the only DEM governor in the country) and both were forced to resign in the face of devastating film footage showing them handling wads of money as they tried to decide what to do with the stuff, before stuffing it into bags, pockets and socks.

Both of them wrote similar letters of resignation to the DEM board of directors. Both face uncertain political futures.

However, Leonardo “socks” Prudente is now a part of Brazilian political folklore. He explained his behavior by saying, with a straight face, that as he never carries a briefcase he hides money in his clothes in order to keep it safe.

ABr

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

The Summer of the Topless

José Carlos Dias, the Minister of Justice himself, entered the discussion of topless bathing ...

In Brazil the Price of Eternal Youth Often Is Unbearable Boredom

“The Brazil of 1920 was a landscape of old men,” wrote Nelson Rodrigues in ...

The Washington Consensus Didn’t Make Brazil and LatAm Wealthier

A comprehensive review of the impact of foreign investment liberalization in Latin America shows ...

Brazilian Satellite Images Are Offered Free to the World

The Brazilian government informs that Egypt will soon start receiving images from the Cbers ...

Brazil’s Trade Surplus at US$ 23 Bi, US$ 14 Bi Less Than Last Year’s

Brazil's trade surplus in the second week of December totaled US$ 947 million. Exports ...

Five-Star Jail

Under Brazil’s quaint penal code, criminals and suspected criminals with a higher education qualification ...

Brazil Sees Chaos Scenario If Caught in Blackout During Olympics

The recent blackout in Brazil, which left 50 million people in the dark across ...

Brazil’s Credit Volume Goes Past Half a Trillion Dollars, 34% of GDP

Brazil's credit volume should continue to grow in 2008. So expects Altamir Lopes, the ...

Brazil Invites Public to Offer Suggestions on 10-Year Energy Plan

Those interested in placing their opinions about any matter related to the energy sector ...

Brazil: It Ends the UNCTAD of the Discontent

For the Secretary of Environment and Development from the state of Amazonas, in Brazil, ...