Brazil’s Newest Congress Scandal, the Bloodsuckers, Involves Ambulances

Brazil’s Federal investigators and the police have unveiled a new scam involving members of the Brazilian Congress. The scheme consisted of kickbacks that became possible when municipalities were allocated funds to purchase ambulances through budget bill riders ("pork" or "earmarks" as this is called in English).

The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Aldo Rebelo (Partido Comunista do Brasil – São Paulo), announced Wednesday, May 10, that the directors of the Lower House (Mesa Diretora) had decided to divide up the 62 deputies accused of being involving in the scandal, popularly known as the "bloodsuckers" scheme or operation, into three groups.

The first group, who seem to have been directly involved in the scheme, will immediately be investigated by the Chamber of Deputies’ commission on suspicious activities (Comissão de Sindicância da Corregedoria da Casa).

A second group, which seems to have been indirectly involved in the scheme, will be put on a kind of standby as investigations continue and more evidence is gathered.

A third group, described by Rebelo as "people whose involvement is open to reasonable doubt," will be examined one-by-one to see if charges against them can be dropped. Rebelo declared that the Corregedoria and other Chamber authorities would treat the issue with caution.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

You May Also Like

Brazil Starts Work of Identifying Victims of Air France’s Flight 447

Airlines worldwide are scrambling to replace plane speed sensors on a number of Airbus ...

Primary Surplus and Inflation News Takes Brazilian Stocks to Record High

Brazilian shares surged on further signs of strength in Latin America’s biggest economy, while ...

Brazil’s GDP Reaches US$ 215 Billion. Industry Brings US$ 76 Billion.

The Brazilian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was of US$ 214.8 billion in the first ...

While Weaning Out of Bolivia’s Gas Brazil Considers the Middle East

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras is studying the possibility of building units for the conversion ...

Brazil’s Gol Cuts Travel Agents Commission to 6%

Brazilian Airline Gol announced today that beginning January 1st, commissions paid to travel agents ...

US Pilots and ExcelAire Sued in New York for Brazilian Air Tragedy

Another American law firm, this time, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, announced they are ...

Tired of China’s Whims Brazil Decides to Add More Value to Its Raw Minerals

The Brazilian government has just announced an overhaul of the management of its mineral ...

War Operation Against Airstrip in Brazil

The Brazilian government has used war planes and helicopters to destroy an airstrip deep ...

Extramusical Phenomena

In a list of 150 countries classified by the he Gini index—an indicator used ...

Brazil Buys ExxonMobil’s Assets in Chile for US$ 400 Million

Petrobras, the Brazilian government-controlled oil and gas multinational, signed this week the purchase of ...

WordPress database error: [Table './brazzil3_live/wp_wfHits' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed]
SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `wp_wfHits`