A follow-up to
With the support of other “progressive bloggers” — several of them, it should be noted, professionals and fellow travelers of the rival Record network — the author of O Cafezinho has been reporting on a huge tax evasion and money laundering case involving the Globo network.
Record’s evening news broadcast has run several extensive — 5 minute — reports on the case.
More pages from the federal tax authority report on the millions in taxes avoided by the Globo network have leaked. This blog, O Cafezinho, once more publishes this material obtained at first hand.
The new pages reflect the tax authority’s final decision, in which it condemns Globo to pay a 150% fine, plus past-due interest, on the amount not duly reported. It is important to note the date of this document: December 21, 2006. Some days later, these documents would be stolen by civil servant Cristina Maris Meinick Ribeiro.
In the document, the auditors vote unanimously for the guilt of the defendant and give Globo 30 days to pay the debt, unless it appeals to the Conselho de Contribuintes — Taxpayer Council — within the same period.
The theft of the case file just a few days later allowed Globo to delay the renegotiation of this debt considerably.
This information places more pressure on the federal prosecutor. Why did it not probe the theft of these documents more thoroughly? Why did it not explore the connection between the theft of documents and the act of tax evasion in itself?
Both of these are part of the same crime, stemming from the same desire to cheat the national treasury. Prosecutors should have investigated obvious suspicions about the principal interested party: Globo.
In one of its responses, Globo mentioned debts that it was renegotiating with the Taxpayer Council. The evidence leads us to believe that Globo did appeal to the Council, which includes representatives of private-sector companies among its members. Once again, we are presented with a nebulous situation.
Globo said it paid the debt through the Refis — Fiscal Recovery — program in 2009.
But how can that be? On December 21, 2006, the tax authority granted Globo only 30 days, on pain of enforced recovery, to pay or appeal to the Council.
Did it appeal? How many months of breathing space did it gain with the theft What did the Council decide? Who were the members of the Council at the time?
Most importantly: With the appearance of these fresh documents, the media can no longer refer to the “alleged” evasion of taxes. They show that the auditors were unanimous in finding the company guilty.
The federal deputy hown about, beinterviewed about his attempts to investigate Globo in the Congress, is Protôgenes Queiroz, a former federal police agent and now a deputy for the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB).
Queiroz figured prominently in a battle royale over bribery and market manipulation in the process leading to the privatization of telecoms in the 1990s. His English-language Wikipedia bio is not bad, but it is out of date. He has since been elected to Congress, for example.
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