Brazilian Banker Connected to Mensalão Closes Infamous Pousada

Posted on January 9, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Corruption, Latin America News, Politics

On January 5, 2013, Correio do Brasil reported that Kátia Rabello, ex-director of the Banco Rural (Rural Bank), closed a luxurious rural pousada, the Pousada Refúgio do Caracará, suspected of having ties to the Mensalão scandal.  There is suspicion that politicians connected to the scandal laundered money at the Banco Rural while staying at the pousada.  The principal owners of the pousada, the Mamede family, are currently fighting a legal battle with Rabello over documents that stated that she, not the Mamede family, owned the chain of hotels that included the pousada.  Rabello was convicted by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal and faces fines of R$1.5 million.  Read Article

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