After a operation at headquarters Free Brazil Movement (MBL) in July this year, the first denunciation made by the Public Ministry of São Paulo against those accused of participating in an alleged fraud scheme involving funds from the São Paulo government that would have benefited the political movement. The first accusation targets were the businessman Alessander Monaco, appointed as MBL operator, and Renan Santos, one of the entity’s leaders, in addition to three São Paulo government employees. This first accusation concerns funds from the Official Press of the State of São Paulo (Imesp), but VEJA found that Monaco is still being investigated in at least two other inquiries that investigate other deviations from state funds.
Monaco is accused of bidding fraud, passive corruption and money laundering. According to the complaint, he defrauded a hiring of R $ 8.9 million in June of last year, in collusion with employees of the Institute for Economic Research Foundation (Fipe). For the prosecution, part of these 8.9 million reais was diverted to Monaco and MBL. According to the prosecution, this Fipe contract with the Official Press was part of a business retribution that Monaco had made with the foundation – from 2016 to 2019, he earned 2.8 million reais from Fipe.
Renan Santos, who is one of the national coordinators of MBL, was accused in this first complaint of influence peddling. The Public Ministry alleges that he was the one who articulated the appointment of Monaco to the position of information technology manager at Imesp. According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Monaco transferred funds obtained in the scheme to the MBL, making donations during the group’s “lives” on YouTube. “The monthly donations made by him to MBL amounted to amounts that, in theory, would go well beyond his” supposed “economic and financial capacity – resulting only from that public job”, says promoter Marcelo Mendroni.
The Public Ministry is still investigating whether the scheme was fueled by exchanging favors with politicians. In a Monaco notebook there were notes of politicians’ names, but the investigation still seeks to identify whether they benefited from the scheme or contributed to the deviations in any way.
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