Brazil’s Federal Prosecution Office (Ministério Público) announced Tuesday, April 11, the indictments of 40 people in the so-called Big Monthly Allowance scandal ("mensalão") in which the government supposedly paid some members of Congress to vote favorably.
Among those indicted are José Dirceu (the former presidential Chief of Staff), José Genoíno (formerly the president of the ruling Workers Party, PT), Delúbio Soares (formerly the treasurer of the PT), Luiz Gushiken (now head of the Secretariat of Government Communication and Strategic Management who was a cabinet member.
Those formally charged also include Sílvio Pereira (formerly secretary general of the PT), Marcos Valério (a businessman/adman who is supposed to have distributed the slush fund money), Duda Mendonça (an adman who ran the successful 2004 Lula bid for the presidency) and Zilmar Fernandes (a partner in the Duda Mendonça advertising/marketing firm).
According to the Prosecution Office, the "mensalão" was "a criminal organization with activities in three areas: policy and political parties, advertising, and financing."
The specific charges in the indictments include forming Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (formação de quadrilha), illegal financial transactions [including illegal remittances abroad] (evasão ilegal de divisas), active and passive corruption (corrupção ativa e passiva) and embezzlement or malfeasance of public funds)(peculato – desvio de dinheiro público),
Here is a complete list of everyone indicted by the MP. The indictments now go to the Supreme Court (STF) because some of the accused are elected officials and only the Supreme has power to try them.
Marcos Valério de Souza;
Cristiano de Mello Paz;
Geiza Dias dos Santos;
José Roberto Salgado;
Ayanna Tenório Tôrres de Jesus;
João Paulo Cunha;
Pedro da Silva Neto;
João Cláudio Genu;
Carlos Alberto Quaglia;
Valdemar Costa Neto;
Emerson Eloy Palmieri;
José Rodrigues Borba;
Paulo Roberto Galvão da Rocha;
José Luiz Alvez;
Zilmar Fernandes Silveira.