Company Investigated in Daycare Corruption Scheme Transferred Money to The Mayor of São Paulo

Bank breach identified transfers; Ricardo Nunes says that transfers are not illegal and that he has never been involved in a fraudulent event

One of the companies being investigated in the scandal known as the "crèche mafia" transferred money to the current mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes (MDB), and to his family business. This is according to banking details revealed about people suspected of being part of the municipality embezzlement scheme.

According to documents obtained by Folha, the transfers involve around R$ 31,000 in at least three operations carried out, two of them in early 2018, when Nunes was still a councilor in the capital and maintained a relationship with entities responsible for managing day care centers.

The mayor does not deny the transfers and says they are not illegal. The discovery of these transfers occurred in work by the Civil Police of São Paulo this year. Part of the investigation involving the mayor was dismembered and sent to the Federal Court for investigation of a possible crime committed by the emedebista.

It was sent to the Federal Court at the request of the police because, according to a court document, among the public resources allegedly misappropriated are some “coming from the Union, through adulteration/falsification of Social Security guides, bank receipts and invoices”.

According to civil police officers heard by the report, as the investigation was suspended as soon as the breach of confidentiality indicated the mayor's possible involvement in the scheme, it is not possible to say whether the transfers were illegal or not. Only with the investigation of the Federal Police can this be clarified.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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