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Police Officer Suggests Former Petrobras Director Buried Money in Swimming Pool
01/16/2015 - 12h01
ASSISTANT EDITOR OF CULTURE
ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF POLITICS
In testimony to the Federal Police, the policeman removed from his job Jayme Alves de Oliveira Filho, known as Careca (Bald), said he heard that former Petrobras director Paulo Roberto Costa had filled his home's swimming pool in Rio de Janeiro with soil to hide money.
It is yet not known what investigators have done with the vague information provided by Oliveira.
Comparing the old and new aerial images of his house, it is possible to see that a swimming pool disappeared from the coastline property, located in a condominium in Barra da Tijuca (Rio's West side).
In the old pictures, there was a clear blue square surrounded by a light coloured floor, right at the entrance of his residence. Nowadays, there is just a lawn plan.
As Google Earth's historical imagery shows, the property still had a swimming pool in September 17, 2009 (Google Earth can be downloaded online).
The swimming pool's sharpest image, made three months earlier, is the one illustrating this story (see below).
In January 18, however, the pool was no longer there. On Thursday (15), Folha flew over the site. In the latest photo, made by our photographer, it is only possible to identify a lawn.
Oliveira was arrested in November during the seventh stage of the Car Wash Operation, but has already been released. He used to carry money for the black market money dealer Alberto Youssef, who is still in jail.
The federal agent claimed to have delivered money to Costa's son-in-law ''about six times'', but he could not specify how much.
Youssef denied visiting the Petrobras former director's house: "I don't even know where it is'', he said.
When asked about the place where Costa kept the money that was delivered by his son-in-law, he assumed he kept it at home. Only then, the police officer voluntarily mentioned the swimming pool.
"I may add that I have heard that prior to his arrest Paulo Roberto owned a swimming pool at his residence in Barra da Tijuca - where he is serving a home sentence. I heard the swimming pool was covered before his arrest and he might have hidden the money there", he said.
Costa was arrested during the Car Wash probe, but left jail after making a snitch deal with the Federal prosecutors last year.
He is currently serving a home sentence - now without a swimming pool - in Barra da Tijuca. Costa purchased the property in July 2002.
Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI
|It is possible to see that a swimming pool disappeared from the coastline property, located in a condominium in Barra da Tijuca|