Elected on an anti-corruption platform, links between President Jair Bolsonaro and a scandal involving the misapplication of public funds are becoming closer every day. Made public on Friday, evidence shows that First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro received regular checks from retired military policeman Fabrício Queiroz, singled out as the operator of a scandal involving parliamentary staffers transferring part of their salaries to their elected bosses. Investigators found that Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, the president’s eldest son, received kickbacks from his employees during his time as a Rio de Janeiro state lawmaker, intermediated by Mr. Queiroz. Furthermore, there are indications that Mr. Bolsonaro paid personal bills using the proceeds of the corruption scheme, as well as using a part of the money to purchase a company.
The Brazilian Report had access to key documents of the investigation launched 20 months ago. Among the files, there is a report from Rio de Janeiro prosecutors showing links and proof of the salary-skimming scheme operating within Flávio Bolsonaro’s office. There is also the document upon which the arrests of Fabrício Queiroz and his wife, Márcia Aguiar, were based. Three weeks ago, the couple were placed on house arrest after Mr. Queiroz spent 14 days in jail. Both have refused to collaborate with investigations.