The Electoral Court sentenced former Governor of Minas Gerais, Fernando Pimentel (PT) to 10 years and 6 months in prison for influence peddling and money laundering, with the aggravating abuse of power, for using the office of minister to commit the crimes. The inquiry found cash irregularities 2 during the time that Pimentel was Development Minister in the Dilma government between 2011 and 2014.
Divine Judge de Paula Peixôto ruled that the sentence should be served in a closed regime, but the former governor may appeal freely.
Entrepreneur Benedito Rodrigues de Oliveira, “Bené”, who reportedly provided services for the Pimentel campaign to the Minas Gerais government in 2014 and helped with the box 2 scheme, was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Marcos Coimbra, a partner of Vox Populi, and businessman Márcio Hiran Novaes were sentenced to 2 years, 9 months and 18 days in prison. The penalty was replaced by provision of community services (1 hour per day of conviction) and the payment of 30 minimum wages.
The ruling states that the political rights of Pimentel and the other defendants will be suspended after the conviction has been res judicata – that is, when no further appeal is available.