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Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro linked to suspicious transactions in corruption scheme

“Bank statements reveal that former parliamentary advisor Fabrício Queiroz deposited 21 checks in the name of First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro, wife of President Jair Bolsonaro. Transactions date from October 2011 to December 2016, in amounts of R$3 thousand and R$4 thousand, which together reach R $ 72 thousand.

Details of Queiroz’s deposits in Michelle’s name were revealed by the magazine Crusoé on Friday (7). The extracts are attached to the investigation into the alleged cracking scheme in Flávio Boslonaro’s office when he was a state deputy in Rio de Janeiro. Queiroz is accused of being the operator of this scheme.

In 2018, when the Queiroz case came to light, a report by the Financial Activities Control Council (Coaf) attached to the records of Operation Furna da Onça had already cited a check of R$24,000 deposited by the PM in favor of the wife of President Jair Bolsonaro.”

“In December 2018, President Jair Bolsonaro presented his version for the deposit saying that he lent money to Queiroz and that payments were made to Michelle’s account because he does not have “time to leave”. In addition, he pointed out that the amount deposited in favor of Michelle would be even higher: R$40 thousand. “It wasn’t R$24,000, it was R$40,000. If Coaf wants to back it up a little more, it will reach R$40,000,” Bolsonaro said to the site O Antagonista at the time.

Year by year, deposits in Michelle Bolsonaro’s account, according to statements
Queiroz’s bank statements are a new chapter in history and point out that Michelle’s former advisor deposits amount to R$72,000 and were made as follows:

  • 2011 – three checks of R$3 thousand cleared in October, November and December;
  • 2012 – six checks of R$3 thousand cleared in January, February, April, May, June and July;
  • 2013 – three checks of R$3 thousand cleared in February, March and April;
  • 2016 – nine R$4,000 checks cleared in April, May (2) June, July, September (2) November and December;

According to the Crusoé report, in Queiroz’s bank statements there are no deposits made by Bolsonaro in the account of Flávio’s former advisor. The publication also says that between 2007 and 2018, credits of R$ 6.2 million were recorded in the account of the former advisor – R$1.6 million identified as salaries, R$2 million linked to deposits from Flávio’s office in the Legislative Assembly do Rio (Alerj) and R$900 thousand in cash without identification.

Queiroz was preventively arrested in June, but today he is under house order by Minister João Otávio de Noronha, president of the Superior Court of Justice. The Attorney General’s Office tries to reestablish the arrest of the former PM and his wife, Márcia Oliveira de Aguiar.

Extracts also reveal releases by Márcia Aguiar for the first lady

Launches of the current account of Márcia Aguiar, also obtained by Crusoé, reveal other transfers to the first lady. Moves in Queiroz’s wife’s bank statement, attached to the investigation into the alleged “cracked” scheme in Flávio Bolsonaro’s office, record that six checks from Márcia were cleared in favor of President Jair Bolsonaro’s wife in 2011, totaling R$17,000.

According to an account statement held by Queiroz’s wife at Itaú, checks in favor of Michelle Bolsonaro were cleared in January, February, April, May and June (two) of 2011. The first had the lowest amount, of R$2 thousand. The other five were checks for R$3,000. Months later, Michelle’s account received amounts deposited by Queiroz himself.

In a statement, the Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro stated that the first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, is not investigated in the cracking investigation and that the diligence of the case continues normally and in secrecy.

The report contacted the press office of the Presidency of the Republic by email and, until the publication of this text, had not yet received a response.”

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