In addition to the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, four judges from the Regional Labor Court were denounced; one of them would have committed corruption 103 different times
The former governor Wilson Witzel, four judges of the Regional Labor Court and 13 more people were denounced by the Federal Public Ministry to the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) this Tuesday, 2, for active and passive corruption, embezzlement of money laundering and criminal organization in a scheme that involved embezzlement of money for workers from Social Organizations responsible for managing state health units. The MPF estimates that in four different moments, the judges Marcos Pinto da Cruz, Antonio Carlos de Azevedo, José da Fonseca Martins and Fernando Antônio Zorzenon; ex-governor Witzel and others involved in the scheme, such as labor judge Múcio do Nascimento Borges and pastor Everaldo have diverted R $ 752 thousand from the amounts deposited by the state of Rio de Janeiro in court accounts.
The scheme would have started in 2019 and, according to the complaint of the Deputy Attorney General of the Republic Lindôra Araújo, it would have been articulated by “a sophisticated criminal organization”. The decision asked the defendants to return R $ 32.6 million to the state’s public coffers for the embezzled money and for moral damages to the Union. In 2017, the judges were denounced for the number of times they had committed passive corruption. Marcos Pinto da Cruz, who was arrested on Tuesday, allegedly colluded with the crime 103 times, followed by Fernando Antônio Zorzenon (95 times), Antônio Carlos de Azevedo (16 times) and José da Fonseca Martins Junior (8 times). This is the fourth time that Wilson Witzel, removed from office since August 2020, has been denounced by the MPF.