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Bolsonaro Jr. Driver Investigated For Financial Irregularities

  • Flavio Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is seen behind him at the transition government building in Brasilia.

    Flavio Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is seen behind him at the transition government building in Brasilia. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 December 2018

The Bolsonaro family is caught in an investigation of unusual financial activities, according to a report from the Department of Control of Financial Activities.

The Department of Control of Financial Activities (COAF) released a report reporting unusual financial activity in the bank accounts of a former adviser of State Representative for Flavio Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), elected as National Lawmaker - who is the son of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

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In the COAF statement to the O Estadao de Sao Paolo news outlet on Thursday, the former driver of Flavio Bolsonaro, Fabricio Jose Carlos de Queiroz, is alleged to have moved 1.2 million Reais (around U$D 307,116 on the current exchange rate) between January 2016 and January 2017.

The investigation by COAF is called Operation Furna da Onca (Cave of the Jaguar Operation), part of another ongoing investigation called the Lava Jato (Car Wash), which has investigated the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj) - putting in prison 10 State lawmakers from Rio de Janeiro.

Among the records analyzed, data shows that Michelle Bolsonaro, future first lady of Brazil, received 24,000 Reais (U$D 6,142.32) in a check.

The investigation also reports different transactions between Fabricio Carlos de Queiroz and his daughter, Natalia Melo de Queiroz, who was, until November, an advisor in the office of the federal deputy and now President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (PSL).

Flavio Bolsonaro defended his former driver and bodyguard, a Military Police officer, on Twitter and stated that "Fabricio Queiroz has worked with me for over ten years and has always been trustworthy. I never knew anything that would discourage his conduct. In October he was exonerated, by request, to deal with his move to inactivity."

On Thursday, a demand was filed for the opening of an investigation procedure, in the Attorney General's Office (PGR), to examine possible criminal and administrative offenses involving State Representative Flavio Bolsonaro.

On Friday, the leader of the Workers Party (PT) in Congress, Paulo Pimenta, added further information of the investigation. The lawmaker is calling for breaking the fiscal, telephone and banking secrecy of all those involved in the case.

According to Pimenta, who gave a statement through a video, "the COAF, from the first of January, will be under the command of Sergio Moro," the former judge who imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and will be the future Minister of Justice under the Bolsonaro government. And asks why is Flavio Bolsonaro "pardoned?"

Lula was the leading candidate on the Presidential elections, but as he was imprisoned he couldn't run, therefore his substitute Fernando Haddad ran, and lost against Bolsonaro. The PT has always stated and continue stating that the Lula imprisonment was politically motivated, and now that Moro has been nominated as Justice minister, they say it is confirmed.

"The strange case of the silence of the judge who had an opinion about everything in the political life of the country and his parliamentary friend who also has nothing to say to the Brazilian society about the driver of the son of the president-elect caught in a millionaire transaction. What do you call it?" Pimenta tweeted.

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