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Rio Rackets | Big Wheel Keeps on Turning

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Source: G1

The state attorney of Goias filed charges this week against 28 police officers suspected of affording favorable treatment to the criminal racket commanded by Carlos Augusto de Almeida Ramos — aka Charlie Waterfall.

According to the indictment, these officers were paid in cash and other benefits to overlook evidence or even actively boycott investigation of a gambling and corruption organization revealed by Operation Monte Carlo, a police action dating back to February 2012.

The 28 police were charged with active and passive corruption and  violation of confidentiality policies. Prosecutors say the police group was “the armed faction of the criminal organization.”

The case will be heard by a military court.

Presumably, this is because the men were military police troopers and will answer to military  justice — 50 years after the 1964 coup and this remains an anomaly of Brazil’s democratic system.

According to the prosecution, with the co-option of police officers charged with investigating its crimes, the racket could rest easier. The police did not simply fail to respond to reports of criminal behavior. They also provided security at the locations where gambling was going on.

The investigation states that state judicial and federal police also performed services to the scheme. These have not been indicted in the current case, however, as their case has been assigned to the federal courts.

Civilian police forces remain the bailiwick of civilian justice.

G1 contacted Col. Divino Alves, spokesman for the Miliitary Police in Goias, on his cell phone, but he had not returned any of our calls as this story was being put to bed.

Monte Carlo

Charlie Waterfall is accused of heading a gambling and corruption scheme in Goias and the neighboring Distrito Federal. He was arrested on February 29, 2012, when the federal police and prosecutors mounted Operation Monte Carlo. All of the suspect are out on bail awaiting trial.

Cachoeira was sentenced to 39 years and 8 months of prison in the Monte Carlo case, on charges of embezzling, corruption, invasion of privacy and criminal conspiracy.

Cachoeira also appears in connection with two federal police operations: Monte Carlo and Saint Michel. Saint Michel is a still unfolding branch of Monte Carlo, which examined the involvement by civil servants and business leaders in an organization that ran gambling and influence peddling schemes in Goiás.

The bicho banker — the term refers toa traditional animal-themed black market lottery — was release on December 11, 2012, a handful of days after being taken into custody based on his convictions. He had previously been lodged at the Papuda penitentiary in Brasilia for 9 months.

As a measure of the bicho banker’s intimacy with power elites: