The Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro (MPRJ), in the 6th Public Finance Court of the Capital, managed to block goods in the amount of R$ 2.8 million and the breach of fiscal and banking secrecy of 11 defendants, including one Civil Police delegate, three civil police officers, a criminal expert and six other people who, according to the investigations, committed acts of administrative improbity.
The 6th Public Finance Court of the Capital of the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro (TJRJ) also determined the removal of public agents from their positions. On June 30, the police chief and five other people were arrested during Operation Carta de Corso, triggered by the MPRJ’s Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime (GAECO/RJ), to dismantle the criminal organization.
The public civil action of the MPRJ accepted by the Rio Courts is part of the second phase of the Letter of Corso and indicates that the practice of acts of administrative improbity related to the crimes described in the complaint of the first phase of Operation Letter of Corso, include criminal organization, concussion , false expertise, insertion of false data into public systems, obstructions to investigations, money laundering and disproportionate enrichment of public agents.
According to the MPRJ, the investigations conducted by GAECO/RJ indicate that the criminal organization, headed by the delegate, set up the Civil Police structure to practice various illegal acts, including the omission of state agents in fighting crime, in exchange for receiving advantages unlawful. The investigations also pointed to the existence, between the years 2018 and 2021, of the criminal organization that installed itself in the Police Station for the Repression of Crimes Against Immaterial Property (DRCPIM), which at the time had the delegate as its titleholder.
“It was found that, instead of repressing the practice of crimes such as ‘piracy’ on the famous Rua Teresa, in Petrópolis, the accused demanded from the shopkeepers the payment of financial advantages so that they could continue selling counterfeit clothes,” reported the MPRJ.
GAECO/RJ also proved that using the structures of the Civil Police, the defendants committed several acts of obstruction to investigations against the criminal organization, including the destruction of cell phones seized by the state, which contained evidence against the group. The investigations also concluded that, in order to divert the focus of the investigations, two phases of Operation Raposa no Galinheiro were launched, forged by the chief of the criminal organization to arrest the police chief, who was investigating him in the Civil Police Internal Affairs.
The objective of Raposa no Galinheiro was to denigrate the image of other delegates who also participated in the investigation. In addition, it intended to bring to the DRCPIM people who testified against the defendants, in an attempt to intimidate. The delegate appointed as the head of the criminal organization, took advantage of the actions to have space in the media “in order to slander, coerce and discredit those who placed themselves as an obstacle to the organization’s actions”.
According to the MPRJ, the defendants, mainly the police chief, had a standard of living incompatible with their declared income from criminal activities. In addition to owning three armored luxury vehicles, the delegate leased mansions on the Costa Verde of Rio through cash payments, the purchase of dozens of watches and the storage of large amounts of cash in his apartment, in a luxury condominium in Barra da Tijuca, on the west side of Rio. There, the search and seizure carried out in the first phase of Operation Carta de Corso found a delegate’s suitcase with the approximate amount of R$ 250,000.
According to the investigations, the police and the expert carried out measures in retaliation against shopkeepers who refused to pay the required amounts, while the merchants involved in the organization “were responsible for the operation of the illegal scheme, collecting the amounts charged by the organization and threatening the shopkeepers to make payments”.
Despite not formally integrating the organization, three of the defendants passively took action for the exercise of important activities for the consolidation of the crimes committed for the consummation of illegalities. A lawyer played an important role in the planning and execution of the two phases of Operation Raposa no Galinheiro. The other two acted incisively in the money laundering of the criminal organization, allowing the concealment of assets obtained from the crimes.
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