Brazil Breaks Ring That Guaranteed Students Place in Medical Colleges

Rio's Gama Filho School of Medicine The Brazilian Federal Police announced this Monday, April 30, the end of its nine-month-old operation Vaga Certa (Guaranteed Place), which broke a national ring specialized in selling a place to the most coveted courses in Brazilian public and private colleges. At least 30 students are being charged with entering college, most of them in medical and odontological courses, through fraud. 

Police chief Lorenzo Pompilho informed that more than 50 federal agents took part in the operation that arrested seven people, two of them in Rio de Janeiro and other five in the northeastern state of Ceará.

The scheme was in place since 2004. Rio state's prosecutor office announced that the bank accounts of those involved have been blocked and that they will be charged with fraud, falsification of public documents and gang formation. The police still haven't arrested all those implicated in the case though.

Among the schools that had their entrance exams defrauded are Universidade Gama Filho, Fundação Educacional Severino Sombra, Fundação Municipal de Saúde da Prefeitura de Petrópolis, Universidade Federal Fluminense, all from Rio de Janeiro and Universidade Federal de Pelotas, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Ten other public universities are also being investigated.

According to Brazilian authorities, the gang used college students, whom they called pilots, to take the vestibular (entry exam) test – which is the way Brazil colleges select their students – in place of the real candidate.

These pilots would get about 6,000 reais (about US$ 3,000) for each student who was approved. The big money, however, went to the ring leaders who made from US$ 12,500 to US$ 35.000 for each student they guaranteed a place in college.

The police believe that up to 50 students benefited from this scheme to get into college. Half of them got into a school in Ceará and the others in colleges in Rio, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Paraná states.

All of them, the police say, will be prosecuted and will have to forego the college place they fraudulently obtained. From the information gathered by the authorities there is still no evidence that the colleges themselves or their employees were part of the plot.

Olavo Vieira de Macedo from Ceará has been pointed as the ring's leader. He graduated in Law from Ceará's Federal University, is enrolled as a medical student at Fortaleza's University (Unifor) and has already registered for the entry exam to Unifor's odontology course. His mother, Maria de Fátima Vieira de Macedo, is said to be the ring's accountant.

Among pilots, the police arrested Aline Saraiva Martins and Marisa Bandeira de Araújo. Both are medical students at Ceará's Federal University (UFC). In Rio, authorities detained the couple Anélio and Neide Alvarenga Cedaro. They are said to be the gang's middlemen, locating and arranging the college spots.

The federal police started to investigate the case in August. Using phone tappings authorities discovered that the ring operated mostly in vestibular exams that were prepared by the Cesgranrio Foundation, a group created in 1971 by 12 universities from Rio to unify the entry examinations in the Greater Rio.

The police seized with the gang a machine that was used to make fraudulent documents. They also got hold of reports that were prepared by the pilots and contained information on how the test was done. This information was given to the students who had paid for the pilots to take the tests for them.


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  • ch.c.

    Talk to a Jew lately ?
    Funny your question !
    Dont you know there are many Jewish Banks… Switzerland !

    As to the Jewish money in Swiss Banks, just review the findings and the investigations, ALL made with Jews auditors, supervision and controllers ! Not that much, and certainly by far not as much as we have been accused !
    Sorry !

    No doubt there was far more money from Nazis escaping to Brazil and Latam than there were Jewish money in Swiss Banks !!!
    And to whom do you believe they have stolen all that money ?
    Lets face it you welcomed Nazis by the thousands and thousands, have given them protection….against heavy hard CASH….of course, so that they avoided the International Justice !!!!! right…or not ????
    Short memory e harmony ?????

    Concerning your comments on the cheating by the students or some teachers, everywhere in the world, I can only agree with you.
    Some produce faked diplomas.

    But sorry again, I have never ever yet heard that REAL diplomas CAN BE BOUGHT, meaning students and teachers/schools…..are in total complicity.

    Quite a difference in my view ! If you have more details about similar cheating, please provide details and your sources.

    On a lighter note. with my regular acid comments, once I wrote in this site that in Brazil, diplomas can be found and bought in supermarkets !
    I was not so wrong…….and not so far away from the truth…….after all !!!!!!

  • e harmony

    IRS bust man who operated a secret bank in his home shielding millions of dollars of other peoples money from Treasury Department taxes.

    Joao, whether all those things are wrong or not, they keep professional law enforcement employed. Somethings are just a matter of brainwashing however. Usually those that conquer or rule determine thesocial praxis as to what consitutes “theft.” Both Brazil and the United States have “patriotism” that are predicated upon the belief that most or all of their white ancestors were not thieving “cockroaches.” Some Armerindians however believe that what was stolen should be returned – many Jews believed this too…and hence the world as went on a selfrighteous epic to return all looted goods taken from Jews during the holocuast. Hey, I’m all for taxes, it keeps the infrastructure going, but when the IRS does it it’s not “extortion” but when La Cosa Nostra charges protection money it is. Most U.S. tax dollars goes to military defense (protection money). When La Cosa Nostra “ran numbers” it was immoral and legal but once state governments began legalizing it and profiting from it it became “moral” then. Slavery was once “moral” so was working a free man 16 hours a day for kibbles and bits of money.

    Now I think dishoenesty and cheating is always (or usually at lest – I don’t think you need to tell Nazi soldiers where you are hiding a Jewish person) a bad thing whether done by government, institutions, or individuals. But here’s what I think is immoral: charging an arm and a leg in prices for a college education whilst you hustle billions of dollars from people for “protection money” against some mysterious dudes called Al Qaida but right aound the corner Crips and Bloods are taking a bite out many peoples a**.

    If it ain’t the Virgin Mary then f*ck the Queen.

    My opinion. 🙂

  • João da Silva

    To:e harmony
    [quote]People lie, cheat, and scheme all the time – the Bible, Koran and holy books built their reputation talking about this. You should know this anyways since you come from Switzerland, it’s not like Swiss banks never made money from sheilding the wealth of international criminals. Talk to a Jew lately?[/quote]

    Here we differ. I agree that People lie,cheat and scheme all the time.But should we tolerate these cockroaches?

  • e harmony


    Give it up. Fraud, cheating, theft is rif (sp?) all over the world. The Sicilian Mafia has its paws in the universities of Italy scheming money from the Italian government, almost every building that has ever went up in New York City the LaCosa Nostra has profited from its construction. I think my Journalism teacher stated that stats have shown up to 40% of U.S. college students in Law School cheat on their test to obtain law licensing (I forget what that test is) – but don’t qoute me on that because I’m not 100% certain on those figures. Just recently the dean of admissions at MIT resigned after it was found out she lied on her resume about all her college degrees. Turns out she [b]never even had one college degree[/b]. She was employed I believe by MIT for 20 years. MIT is one of the most prestigous universities in the United States (and perhaps the world also).

    People lie, cheat, and scheme all the time – the Bible, Koran and holy books built their reputation talking about this. You should know this anyways since you come from Switzerland, it’s not like Swiss banks never made money from sheilding the wealth of international criminals. Talk to a Jew lately?

  • João da Silva

    [quote]The vestibular are one of the dearest things for the brasilians.
    Actually, the three moral reserves we have are the vestibular, the army
    and federal police (used to be the judges too, but…)

    I agree with you ,but the way the leftist influence is spreading, I keep wondering how long.The episode with the judges was very shocking to me.

  • Magnus Brasil

    I’m not responding to Ch. C…

    The vestibular are one of the dearest things for the brasilians.
    Actually, the three moral reserves we have are the vestibular, the army
    and federal police (used to be the judges too, but…)

    So, you really don’t want to fuck with these three things, these are the real only things Brasil really rely on, or you will really go to jail.
    This was the second time they try to fraud vestibular in Brasil, and never works.
    Some universities even have absurd equipment to dectect any kind of eletronic transmission.

    And about the army, just remeber the case when some guns were robbed from then… They turned Rio upside down and guess what: the guns “quickly returned”…

  • ch.c.

    fraud….again !!!!
    Frauds are everywhere in Brazil and very little is done against it, except here and there, just to show how much you really “care” about them !
    But what is revealed and sanctioned is only the tip of the icebergs !

    Thus do I am that wrong when I wrote as I did many times that ALL Brazilians are cheaters and liars ??????

    Hummmm !

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