The Brazilian Court of Auditors (TCU) has identified a millionaire fraud in the first emergency aid payment approved by the government for the people and households most affected by the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. First conclusions to which TV Globo has access would have.
According to the TCU’s preliminary report on the first payment in April, 35.8 billion reais (around 5,785 million euros) were delivered to more than 50 million people, including 620,000 who did not meet the criteria.
According to the news portal G1, recipients of this federal aid include 17,084 deceased and 15,850 people with an income above the maximum amount set for receiving this subsidy, including millionaires and members of politicians and even refugees from the judiciary.
The lawyer Zelia Luiza Pierdona said that in these “irregularities” they identified people who received the payment without requesting it, which is remedied by a refund but also by “fraud”.