Mayor and Vice Mayor of Brazilian City Sacked, Fined, Barred from Office

Posted on March 12, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Corruption, Politics

On March 12, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that the mayor and vice mayor of the Brazilian city of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state, were sacked by electoral courts after it was discovered that they used public workers to run their election campaigns.  Dárcy Vera (PSD) and her vice mayor Marinho Sampaio (PMDB) were convicted on charges of inappropriate use of public resources and were each fined R$50,000.  They also have their political rights suspended for eight years.  Vera and Sampaio claimed that the public employees were working off the clock.  Dárcy Vera was re-elected mayor of Ribeirão Preto in 2012 with 51% of the vote.  Read Article

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