Less than a month after the majority of the councilors of the Municipality of Foz do Iguaçu (CMFI), west of Paraná, file a request for an investigation into the alleged “crack” within the Casa de Leis, the practice characterized by the transfer of salaries from advisors to public agents returns to the center of political discussions in the city.
In an interview, two former servants appointed by councilor Carol Dedonatti (PP) for positions commissioned at the Social Welfare Board (DIBA), an agency linked to the City Hall, confirm the suspicion.
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According to the animal protectors who acted in 2020 for the election of Carol Dedonatti, in addition to asking for the return of part of the salaries, the councilor would justify the need for the money for “maintenance of projects, for the benefit of the animal cause”.
The case is the subject of an investigation by the Public Ministry of Paraná (MP-PR), through the Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime (GAECO).
“It was on a Sunday morning, in December, before the end-of-year festivities. I was looked for at home by Carol, accompanied by Stanley. That day I was asked if I would like to be part of the cabinet. Regarding the salary, they said I would have to return a value for the maintenance of projects”, says Patrícia Gonzalez, considered Carol Dedonatti’s main electoral leader in the last municipal election.
About the amounts that would have been dealt with by Carol, in the presence of the civil police officer Stanley Alves, pointed out in the investigation as a possible political mentor of the councilwoman, Patrícia explains: “They said that my salary would be around R$ 8 thousand, and that, of that amount, I would keep R$ 5 thousand. The councilor also said: ‘So, this will help you a lot, right, Pati?’. I replied: ‘Yes. who was unemployed at the time.
:: Audio by former advisor indicates alleged “crack” in Foz do Iguaçu Chamber (PR) ::
However, after being initially invited to be part of the councilor’s office at the City Council, Patrícia Gonzalez ended up being nominated for a position in the City Hall, along with the newly created Directorate of Animal Welfare (DIBA).
“In early January, the councilor changed her mind and recommended me to be an advisor at DIBA. Because the salary there was less than the amount paid by the Chamber, I was released from having to return part of my money. But I know too much people nominated by the councilor who were also called to make a ‘crack'”, concludes Patrícia Gonzalez. The protector remained at DIBA until December 2021.
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Another animal activist who asked for votes for the election of Carol Dedonatti, lawyer Mariam Melhem, was nominated by the councilor to head DIBA, as of its creation, in February 2021. With a salary of around R$8,000, Mariam confirms that she was approached to return part of the salaries she would receive.
“At a meeting called by the councilor herself, she ‘asked for a contribution’ for everyone present. This contribution was due to the positions held by us, by her appointment. At that meeting, led by Stanley, he called it a voluntary contribution. councilwoman made it clear that it would be unfair not to contribute and anyone who did not would be exonerated”, maintains the lawyer exonerated after two months of work.
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“At the time of the meeting, I didn’t refuse to contribute. I left silently. But, as the days went by, I started to dodge her. I didn’t give satisfaction and never contributes. . Because she made it clear that anyone who didn’t, wouldn’t be part of the team”, completes Mariam.
On condition of anonymity, former advisors to councilor Carol Dedonatti, who participated in the meeting mentioned by Mariam, reinforce the alleged practice of cracking, as well as the possible participation of the civil police officer involved in the episode.
“This meeting was held at the office of the lawyer appointed by the councilor to assume the Legal Department of the City Council. All the councilor’s nominees for positions in the City Hall and also in the Chamber were present. of this ‘toll’. Those who didn’t accept, were replaced”, says a former advisor, who confirms having returned part of her salary to councilor Carol Dedonatti.
Asked about her condition of anonymity, the former advisor explained that she will not reveal her identity until the ongoing police investigation is concluded. “That was the orientation I received. I have every word to prove and I have already presented everything to the Justice. It is a matter of time for the whole story to come to light”, she points out.
In the same sense, another former advisor to Carol Dedonatti also chooses not to identify herself when pointing out civil police officer Stanley Alves as being the “eyes of the councilwoman”.
“So much so that Stanley himself nominated his sister, Alessandra Alves, to work at DIBA. In addition, he placed Natasha Schmidt, a young woman in her early twenties, as Carol’s parliamentary advisor. This girl is married to Alessandra’s son. Or I mean, she’s his sister’s daughter-in-law. It’s all in the family. Stanley knows everything that happens”, he says.
The relationship of Carol Dedonatti’s commissioned positions with people linked to the civil police officer was confirmed by the report. According to information from the City Hall and City Council Transparency Portals, Alessandra Alves has been, since February 2021, the holder of the position of Advisor 1, linked to the DIBA staff. The gross salary paid to the civil police officer’s sister in March was R$4,240.84. Natasha Schmidt, Stanley’s sister’s daughter-in-law, received from the Legislature last March a gross salary of R$9,646.14.
“It’s a scheme that guaranteed the councilwoman almost double the salary she receives as a parliamentarian. However, the house fell”, concludes one of the anonymous former advisors heard by the report.
“Forward it to Internal Affairs”, says police officer when asked
Wanted by the report to comment on his relationship with the mandate of councilor Carol Dedonatti, civil police officer Stanley Alves said he would only manifest himself in court.
“Forward the complaint to the Corregedoria. Publish whatever you want. My answer is in the courts and in the case file. As soon as the matter comes out, I will take legal action”, warned the policeman.
For councilor, accusations are political persecution
Sought to present her version of the facts, councilor Carol Dedonatti preferred not to respond to the report. She did, however, send a note, which we reproduce below:
“On the charges against me, I inform you that I have not yet been notified to provide the necessary clarifications and present my defense.
Have the absolute conviction that these are baseless political attacks based on malicious “comments”.
I am also aware that as I launched myself as a pre-candidate for federal deputy, many political attacks will come, and from now on I make myself available to the competent authorities to provide the necessary clarifications.
Remembering that there is due legal process, and I’m absolutely sure that after the election period these complaints fall apart because they have no support.”
Source: BdF Paraná
Editing: Lia Bianchini