Ricardo Tosto

The Federal Supreme Court (STF) decided to accept denunciation and file a criminal suit against Paulo Pereira da Silva, Paulinho da Força (SDD-SP). Now, as defendant, Paulinho da Força passes lawsuit that will be judged by the STF, since it has a privileged forum.

Paulinho will be investigated by the STF In the complaint of the Federal Public Ministry accepted by the STF on Tuesday (8), the parliamentarian is accused of committing a crime against financial system, Money laundering and gang formation. In his defense, Paulinho, through his lawyers, claims that he was a “victim of influence peddling” of a criminal group.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Paulinho would be the beneficiary of diversions in financing granted by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to a store and to the City Hall of Praia Grande (SP). The amounts would be diverted through a consulting firm that did not perform the services for the store and the City Hall.

The tip, called “commissions”, varied from 3% to 4% of the amounts of the financing. Still according to the MPF, Paulinho was acting from a BNDES adviser indicated by Força Sindical. Among those benefiting from the scheme, according to the MPF, are the then mayor of Praia Grande, Alberto Mourão (PSDB), João Pedro de Moura, identified as Paulinho’s adviser, Marcos Mantovani, a consulting firm, and lawyer Ricardo Tosto , Former advisor to the BNDES.

Also according to the complaint, the wife of the deputy, Elza Pereira, would have allowed the use of the bank account of the NGO My Guri, chaired by her and linked to Força Sindical, to hide part of the deflected values of the BNDES.

According to Paulinho’s defense, the alleged gang misused his name to justify the value of the consulting services charged by the company.

“In order to increase their participation in the result of the consulting work, they created a fiction that some people, among them Paulo Pereira da Silva, would receive a value that incorporated the value that they would receive,” said lawyer Marcelo Leal in the gallery during the Session in Supreme Court.

The lawyer also said that the evidence from the investigation was unlawfully collected, as telephone interceptions were originally intended to investigate other persons involved in international trafficking of women for prostitution.