Rio: Brokerage and Jokerage at the Junta Comercial?

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Vintage roleta with bichos. Source: Musem of the Policia Civil, Rio de Janeiro

The DRACO commander said the scheme counted on the participation of forwarding agents (customs brokers), business owners, and accounting and law firms, which paid bribes to JC employees, some of them allegedly aides to the president of the agency, in order to alter registration information on companies.

Polícia prende 21 suspeitos de fraudes na Junta Comercial do Rio: The anti-organized crime unit of the Rio de Janeiro state judicial police raid the Rio de Janeiro Junta Comercial — equivalent to the corporations registry of an American state, more or less.

A Draco Delegacia de Repressão às Ações Criminosas Organizadas, da Polícia Civil do Rio de Janeiro, prendeu nesta quarta-feira 21 pessoas acusadas de fraudes na Junta Comercial do Rio.

DRACO arrested 21 persons today accused of fraud at the Junta Comercial.

A operação, batizada de Rio Branco, cumpre 36 mandados de prisão e 36 de busca e apreensão.

Dubbed Operation Rio Branco, it involved the serving of 36 arrest warrants and 36 search warrants.

Segundo informações da delegacia, a quadrilha atuava há pelo menos 10 anos e o esquema funcionava com a ajuda de cartórios.

DRACO said the criminal conspiracy had operated for at least 10 years and functioned with the help of public notaries and registry offices.

Globo has very little additional information.

Segundo o delegado, o esquema funcionava com a atuação de despachantes, empresários, escritórios de contabilidade e de advocacia, que pagavam propinas aos funcionários da Junta Comercial, alguns seriam assessores da presidência, para alterar cadastros de empresas.

The DRACO commander said the scheme counted on the participation of forwarding agents (customs brokers), business owners, and accounting and law firms, which paid bribes to JC employees, some of them allegedly aides to the president of the agency, in order to alter registration information on companies.  

O DIA adds that the scheme brought in an estimated R$2 million a year, according to police.

I have this dim memory of a bar conversation in recent months with a very unpleasant man describing how you could live in São Paulo, register your existence as a corporation in Rio, and thus in some way cease to exist as a taxpaying Brazilian …

Following the white-collar crime blotter here is kind of a hobby of mine.

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