Corruption Inquiries in Brazil Result in 47 Dismissals. More Heads to Roll.

Federal government investigations into accusations of corruption in State-run enterprises have led to 47 dismissals and suspensions of directors and employees who held strategic positions in these companies.

Moreover, 18 investigations and disciplinary procedures have been installed, and 46 more are being called for. This information is included in the report of the investigations conducted by the Federal Comptroller-General’s Office (CGU).


The inquiries involve directors, advisers, and employees of the Brazilian Postal and Telegraph Company (ECT), the Brazilian Reinsurance Institute (IRB), the Furnas Central Electric Company, and other State-run enterprises.


The report, which was handed to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Saturday, September 3, by the Minister of the CGU, Waldir Pires, is a résumé of these investigations.


For the minister, making the report public represents a response to society regarding what has been done to clarify the accusations.


“We want to tell society: Let’s all work together to protect government funds, because this money belongs to you, and nobody has the right to make light of this. It is neither advantageous nor clever to be aware that government funds are being deviated and remain silent, as an accomplice,” the Minister commented.


The report includes the results of the third round of investigations carried out in the ECT and a summary of the investigations carried out in the IBR, the Bank of Brazil, Furnas, the Bank of the Northeast, Infraero (Brazilian Airport Infrastructure Enterprise), and State-run enterprise pension funds, such as Núcleos (Electronuclear) and Real Grandeza (Furnas).


Pires informed that copies of the reports were also sent to the Federal Public Defense Ministry, the Joint Parliamentary Investigation Commission into the Post Office, the Federal Police, the Federal Attorney-General’s Office (AGU), and the Federal General Accounting Office (TCU).


“We are doing a job that will extend to the final results, striving for oversight to accompany in an efficacious manner the application of government funds,” he said.


Pires also said that the population can report misconduct directly to the CGU or to the Public Defense Ministry.


Agência Brasil

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