Justice in Paraíba, Brazil, Orders Politician to Repay R$240,000

Posted on February 21, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Corruption, Politics

On February 21, 2013, PB Agora reported that a justice in Paraíba has ordered that the former mayor of the city of Olho d’Agua, Júlio Lopes Cavalcanti, repay R$240,000 for failure to properly monitor improvements done to a local housing project to accommodate residents with Chagas’ Disease.  The city had created a bidding process in which a local construction company won the opportunity to renovate; however, upon investigation by the National Health Foundation (FUNASA) in 2008, none of the necessary structural changes had been made, and less than half of the services were available. Judge Rosmar Antonni Rodrigues Cavalcanti concluded that a significant portion of the funds must have been diverted, and the ex-mayor was held responsible.  Read Article

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