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AFP
January 20, 2019

Suspicious cash transfer to Brazil president’s son

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AFP
January 20, 2019

BRASA­LIA: Brazilian authorities have detected a series of suspicious cash transfers amounting to around $30,000 into the bank account of President Jair Bolsonaro’s eldest son, according to a report.

The exclusive report aired on Friday on Jornal Nacional, Brazil’s most respected newscast, said that 48 deposits of 2,000 reais each were deposited into the bank account of Senator-elect Flavio Bolsonaro between June and July 2017, when he was a Rio de Janeiro state lawmaker.

That totals to 96,000 reais, or about $30,000 at the average exchange rate of that year.

A Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) document quoted in the report said the origin of the money was unclear, but the fact that they were all of the same amount and made at a bank at Rio’s state legislative assembly, where Bolsonaro worked, made them suspicious.

The news broke a day after Brazil’s supreme court temporarily suspended a probe into transactions in the bank account of Flavio Bolsonaro’s driver, Fabricio Queiroz, which totaled $300,000 -- an amount deemed suspicious because it does not appear to be commensurate with his income.

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