Zelotes: Federal police indicia 19 survey on Gerdau

Among the targets, are leaders in the steel, lawyers and advisers Carf, attached to the Ministry of Finance.
16/05/2016 14h13 - Updated 16/05/2016 14h13
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The Federal Police indicted nineteen people for active and passive corruption, money laundering and influence peddling, the investigation of Operation Zealots that clears the involvement of steelmaker Gerdau in the scheme. Among the targets, They are members of the company's board, lawyers and directors and former directors of the Board of Tax Appeals (Carf). The names were not disclosed. The indictments in the final report of the 6th stage of the Zealots, which was referred to court on Friday.

Researchers suspect that the company has tried to evade 1,5 billion reais through lobbyists who paid a bribe in the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (Carf). In February this year, when the 6th stage was triggered, the group's CEO, André Bier Gerdau Johannpeter, Jorge Gerdau businessman son, It came to be taken coercively to testify in the police and company offices were subject to search and seizure warrants.

By authorizing warrants, Vallisney the judge Souza Oliveira, the 10th Federal Court in Brasilia, He said Gerdau had several favorable judgments in Carf, between 2012 e 2014. The organ, which is linked to the Ministry of Finance, It has the function of judging resource companies fined in IRS. The PF determines whether these decisions were made upon payment of bribes to Carf agents, they would have received money from lobbyists subcontracted by Gerdau.

According to PF, the report has 176 pages and is “amply documented” with material seized during the serving of warrants in the company. Police also pointed out that those involved continued to practice crimes, even after the outbreak of the Zealots, in March 2015.

In May this year, the court sentenced nine defendants of Zealots in the investigation that clears the purchase of Provisional Measures in Congress to benefit automakers.

Source: Veja.com

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